We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. 1 Thessalonians 1:2
It had been a long time since Paul left the little community of faithful believers in Thessalonica. He had come to introduce them to Jesus, about whom they knew nothing at all. He had led them to confess their sins and accept the forgiveness that Jesus, God's Son, and their Savior, had died to earn for them. And he had gone on to bring that same Gospel to other communities around his world.
Although Paul had traveled to other places, he never forgot the Thessalonians. They were good friends whom he remembered with fondness. They were an intimate part of his prayer life. He needed to thank God for them. He needed to pray God's continued blessing on them. Who knows what blessings were poured out on the believers in Thessalonica through their good friend's faithful prayers for them?
As you walk through life, you also leave behind a trail of Christian friends, many of whom you still think of often and remember with fondness. But do you include them in your prayers? Are there people for whom you need to thank God right now? Are there friends who could benefit from your prayers today?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I thank You for bringing _____________into my life. Please bring special blessings on them today; in Jesus' name. Amen.
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