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Answered Prayer

“You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” – Exodus 32:30

Did the apostle Paul ever receive an answer to prayer? I’m sure you’re thinking, Of course he did! But do you have proof? Throughout the New Testament we read Paul’s admonitions to pray, and we even have several recorded examples of his petitions and praise to God. But what about answers?

Look at 1 Thessalonians 3:10. Paul says that night and day he has been praying earnestly that God would allow him to see them again, to help them in their life of faith. He goes on to tell them in verse 12 that he has been praying that God would give them a greater, ever-increasing, overflowing love for each other. So there we have a record of Paul’s specific request for two needs in the lives of the Thessalonians.

Now look in today’s passage at 2 Thessalonians 1:3: “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.” How about that! When Paul wrote his first letter to the Thessalonians, he was praying for their faith and love to grow. Now, he begins his second letter by thanking God for these two graces that are abounding in their lives.

Friend, if you’re praying for God’s work in the life of someone, take heart. God does answer prayer. Keep at it, and let your prayer life grow. As you pray earnestly, fervently, even night and day as Paul prayed, you will know the joy of answered prayer.

Prayer

Lord, help me to be faithful to pray for others. Amen.

To Ponder

Scripture gives overwhelming testimony that God hears our prayers, and He answers.

(The Navigators)