This week, we focus our hearts on the truth that Jesus is coming back. Just as prophets in the Old Testament looked toward a time when the Messiah would come, we look toward Jesus’ return. And just as the prophets of old called the people of Israel to be ready when Messiah would come, this week we pray to prepare our own family by creating room.
1 Thessalonians 3: 12-13 May the Lord make your love grow. May it be like a rising flood. May your love for one another increase. May it also increase for everyone else. May it be just like our love for you.May the Lord give you strength in your hearts. Then you will be holy and without blame in the sight of our God and Father. May that be true when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
The last sentence of this passage of scripture reminds us that Jesus is coming back. Paul wants the church that meets in the city of Thessalonica to be ready for Jesus in three ways.
- With love so big it is like a flood
- With strength in our hearts
- With holiness in front of God
That is a pretty big list! Today, we are going to ask God to grow these things in us because they are each a gift from God. We can’t create love, strength, or holiness on our own. Only God can give them to us.
Take a moment to pray together, asking for these things. Now, encourage your family to be quiet together for few minutes or seconds (depending on the age of your children) to listen for what God has to say to our prayer. Close your prayer with the words, “Come, Lord Jesus” spoken aloud together.