Daily D – 2 Thessalonians 1:11
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 2 THESSALONIANS 1:11 (NLT)
There is a fairly new news organization called Axios (axios.com). Check out how they operate:
- We don’t have an editorial page and we don’t pick sides with partisan opinion. Our view: There is enough noise and our job is to sort through this.
- Axios employees refrain from taking partisan positions or sides on social media and in public forums. It’s one small but worthy step we can take to gain and keep trust.
- We believe truth and facts exist and must be highlighted, repeated, defended and cherished in our journalism.
This sounds refreshing, worthy of our attention. The Greek word axios means worthy. It is the word in the middle of the Bible verse above.
The Apostle Paul tells his friends in Thessalonica how he is praying for them. He asks God to enable or empower them to live lives worthy of his call. He wants these believers who are flourishing in their faith (v. 3) to continue doing so. He wants them to align their lives with God’s direction and to attune their hearts with God’s love.
He wants them to live in congruence with God’s good intentions for them. Imagine what a different world it would be if we lived in full agreement with God regarding what is good, right, just, and fair. Imagine what it would be like if we lived in full harmony with God and with others who seek to know and experience him. Imagine what it would be like if each person used his God-given wisdom, power, and abilities to build a better world.
These are the kinds of requests our Father in heaven loves to answer with his emphatic Yes!
God’s call on each of our lives expresses itself to the good of all people and to his glory. People see how good God is when we live in congruence with him, his will, and his ways.
This is a good prayer. Who can you pray for like this today? Ask God to empower that person to live in congruence with him and with other believers. Ask God to empower them to live out what he is working into them. Ask God to empower them to become change agents who build a better world that is increasingly more like heaven on earth.
The truest value of our lives comes from joining God in what he is doing all around us to breathe life and to create peace.
What God thing will you ask God to empower you for today?
I will pray for others what I pray for myself that we may together live lives worthy of his calling.
Our Father, I want to live worthy of your call. Empower me to accomplish all you have set before me. May this be true for all of us who belong to you so that others may see how good you are and come to know you and experience you for themselves. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.