“Pray for us that the word of the Lord may swiftly run …” (3:1)
Paul knew the power of God’s word to liberate the captive minds of men. He also knew the power of prayer. Therefore, he asks that the church of believers may pray for him. He asks for prayer that the word of God should swiftly run and be free flowing, overcoming all hindrances. Prayer that the Word of God should increase is a vital aspect of the church’s existence. By such prayer, the word can reach into every inaccessible area throughout the world; but not just into other nations, but also into sections of our own society that seem otherwise impregnable. Prayer can open doors of utterance and make the preaching and teaching of the word effective in every way. Prayer can also overcome every barrier that prevents people from hearing the truth of God’s word. Paul knew this and so should we. But it is not only prayer for the word to be heard by those who do not know the gospel, but also for those who are in the church. What a profitable, living and powerful thing the word of God can be to a company of believers when it is backed up by fervent prayer. Such prayer increases a hunger for God’s word and also imparts the ability and power to obey it. With prayer, the word of God will be manifested in His people, establishing them in truth and guarding them from all deception and evil (v.3).
PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you for your word; may it be truly embedded within my heart.”