I learn to bless others in my prayers
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | By Admin Robin
11 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. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ 2 Thessalonians 1:11,12.
If you want to pray encouragement into others, the bible gives loads of inspiration.
In his letters the apostle Paul is eager and determined to impart spiritual riches to his readers.
First he pronounces a blessing (commonly called a benediction). Second, Paul prays thanks and blessings to God. Third, he prays a blessing for the Christians he is writing to. Lastly he encourages his readers to pray for each other and for him.
Consider 2 Thessalonians. Three short chapters filled with blessing. This letter is nothing less than an extended blessing! Paul pronounces five benedictions- 1:2, 2:16,17, 3:5, 3:16, 3:18. He prays two prayers of thanks and blessing to God- 1:3,4, 2;13,14 He prays rich blessings into the heart of soul of this church in 1:11-13 (above). Paul then asks this congregation to return the blessing and pray for him too in 3:1-3.
Paul’s pronouncements and prayers of blessing are not a formality- a convention of greeting and salutation. Imparting a blessing is the essence of Paul’s intent. In context, the teaching portion of his letters is an extension of the benedictions and prayers of blessing.
I want to follow Paul’s example- to bless others in my words and to pray a blessing into their life.