Daily D – 2 Thessalonians 3:5
May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ. 2 THESSALONIANS 3:5 (NLT)
The acrostic SPIRE$ helps me know how to pray for myself and others.
* S stands for Spiritual
* P stands for Physical
* I stands for Intellectual
* R stands for Relational
* E stands for Emotional
* $ stands for Money
This simple tool provides a place to start in prayer. The Apostle Paul’s prayer adds muscle to this outline. He asked our Father in heaven to lead their hearts into a “full understanding and expression of the love of God.”
He asked God to lead his friends. This is always a good prayer. This is something God wants to do and says so frequently from Genesis to Revelation. This is a prayer we need day by day and moment by moment. A simple one-breath prayer like, “Please lead me,” or “Show me the way I should go,” can change our direction and destination. It can realign us with God’s preferred path for us.
Paul asked God to lead his friends into a full understanding of God’s love. This is a height and a depth no one will ever exhaust. God’s love is limitless. It endures from generation to generation. It never fails. This is an ocean we can swim in forever.
Paul asked God to lead his friends into a full expression of God’s love. Those who understand and experience the beauty and wonder of God’s everlasting, all-surrounding love should not focus on containing God’s love, but instead, let it flow through them in all places at all times.
Paul asked God to give his friends “the patient endurance that comes from Christ.” He who endured all things, even death on a cross, shows us that no matter how dark and frightening is the night, there is a morning after. God’s new day for our lives is always worth the wait.
Enrich your prayer life by praying down the bones of the SPIRE$ acrostic. Add muscle by praying for God’s leadership in all things at all times, an ever-deeper understanding and expression of God’s love, and for patient endurance at all times and all kinds of challenges.
Who do you know who needs this kind of prayer today? Let us pray.
I will pray for God’s leadership, a deeper understanding of his love, a fuller expression of that love in all I am and all I do, and for patient endurance in moments of challenge and seasons of difficulty.
Our Father, plunge me more deeply into the depths of your love. Empower me for maximum expression of this love, your defining characteristic. Give me patient endurance in all things at all times. Lead me into this life of amazing grace. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.