03.24.21 | Growing in Faith & Love
Today’s BREAD reading from 2 Thessalonians 1, Paul begins this letter in a very similar way as he began his first letter to the Thessalonians: with a deep appreciation for his spiritual family of brothers and sisters. He is calling out something in them that brings him a great sense of gratitude – their love and faith are growing, even in the midst of persecution and trials.
Paul also shares that he is boasting about their growth and endurance to all the other churches. They are a testimony that God’s judgements are right, and their faith towards God has made them worthy of His Kingdom. God is for them; He will take care of the very things that are troubling them.
During today’s fasting and prayer focus, reflect on how your faith and love have grown, whether presently or previously, in times of suffering and affliction. In verse 5 it says, “All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.” Write down the ways in which you feel your faith and love have grown. Can you see how you have been made worthy to experience the Kingdom today? Take a moment to ask the Lord how He has made you worthy to receive the Kingdom of God; write it down.
“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith” (2 Thessalonians 1:11). As you reflect on this verse, write down your own desires for goodness and deeds prompted by faith.
To end the day, take all these things and submit them in prayer under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Ask the Lord what else He wants to show you about worthiness, faith, love, and your desires.
As you consider what the Lord is showing you, would you be willing to share your heart with another brother or sister? Share with someone today how much it means to you to know the truth, that God has made you worthy of his Kingdom. Or perhaps you may feel prompted to encourage someone else today, declaring how you see faith and love growing in them. Whether personal or an encouragement for someone else, take time to share this joy with someone today.