“[Pray] that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.” (2 Thessalonians 3:2)
We’ve been talking this week about “6 Ways to Pray as You Evangelize” using the acronym L.O.B.S.S.S. Today, let’s look at the second “S”—safety.
As the gospel message spread, Paul exhorted the Thessalonians to pray for safety for the messengers (2 Thess. 3:2), while also reminding them that God promises to protect His children from the devil and give them strength to serve the Lord (2 Thess. 3:3).
But it won’t always be easy. A Bulgarian proverb states, “God promises a safe landing but not a calm passage.”
When we share the gospel, we should expect opposition. The Bible refers to Satan as the “god of this age” (2 Cor. 4:4) and “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31). He has blinded the entire world to the truth of God. If the world opposed Christ, how much more will it oppose us as we present the truth of the gospel?
Remember the apostle Paul’s exhortation and pray for safety for your brothers and sisters in Christ, particularly those who share their faith on a regular basis.
Here are 3 ways to pray for the messenger:
- Pray that God will deliver them from people who seek their harm.
- Pray that God will protect them from roadblocks placed by the Devil.
- Pray that God will provide favor with government officials in their towns and neighborhoods.
As Christians, the fact that we are on the winning team should motivate us to share Christ, regardless of the wickedness and rejection from the world. But we do so by leaning on God’s provision in prayerful dependence.