“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
– 1 Thessalonians 1:11-12
“…we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling”
What is the calling God has placed upon our lives as Christians? The call is simply stated but tough to live. Paul earlier writes in 1st Thessalonians chapter 4, verse 7:
“For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.”
As God is Holy, He has called you and me towards a life of holiness. (1 Peter 1:14-15) By God’s grace and mercy we are invited into this calling and are made holy through faith and trust in Jesus. We cannot be made holy by our own works, but by simply trusting in Jesus to make us holy.
“…and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power.”
Holiness is learned and practiced through faith and action by God’s power. Paul prays for the church in Thessalonica to trust in Jesus and every act to be motivated through their faith in Christ.
“so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him,”
The result of faith and trust in Jesus to make us holy is evident through our life and lead us to the glorification of God through us. As we are led by the Holy Spirit and changed from a self-glorified man to one who is filled by the Spirit and a new creation in Christ.
Pray: As Paul prayed this prayer for the church in Thessalonica, make this prayer a prayer for you and our church.