1 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith.
Lord Jesus--This is the prayer that needs to be on my heart...the message to spread rapidly...so often the church takes a laid-back, beachfront approach to the gospel. Forgive me Lord, for the long-sighted view I have taken at times.
Here, Paul is on the edge of his seat waiting for the Lord to work praying...knowing the evil surrounds and yet need to be kept away from the work.
3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command.
Lord Jesus--You are faithful. Strength for each day comes from you. Your strength infuses and protects at the same time. I can have confidence in you that your strength will sustain, protect and encourage me in the middle of the battle that surrounds me.
Sometimes this battle is overwhelming and sometimes it is just plain boring. Protect and guide through all of it.