“Dear brothers and sisters, pray for us” (1 Thessalonians 5:25).
Paul’s first letter to the church at Thessalonica is filled with references to prayer.
- We always thank God for all of you
- We continually remember before our God…
- We also thank God continually
- How can we thank God enough for you
- May God clear the way for us to come to you
- May the Lord make your love increase
- May God strengthen your hearts
- Pray continually
- Give thanks in all circumstances
But it’s the quick thought expressed in 1 Thessalonians 5:25 that catches my eye today.
Take time to read it again: “Dear brothers and sisters, pray for us.”
As the letter comes to a conclusion, another name, really three more names, are added to the prayer list.
Pray for us?
This letter is sent to the Thessalonians by none other than the ministry team of Paul, Silas, and Timothy.
Pray for us!
Paul is asking for prayer. Silas is asking to be on the prayer list. Timothy is asking to be remembered, too.
I will tell you why this strikes me as significant. My prayer list is filled with people who are struggling. My list has numerous names of people who are suffering. My list has name after name of people who are weak in faith, and hope, and love. My list has lots of down and out folks.
But often my list fails to include names like Paul, Silas, and Timothy — the names of a dream team of ministers. My list fails to include men and women who lead mission efforts. My list neglects the strong men and women who lead significant ministries. I confess that I often do not think of them as needing prayer. Why do I need to pray for the powerful? Why do I need to pray for the strong? Why do I need to pray for someone like Paul, Silas, or Timothy?
And maybe some of you have similar omissions on your prayer list.
Who do we need to add to our lists? Let’s think of the strongest leaders, the deepest thinkers, and most spiritually mature people we know–and add their names to our prayer lists!
If Paul, Silas, and Timothy needed our prayers, today’s leaders do, too.