Every Time I Think of You
28 November 2017
Reading: Matthew 28; 1 Thessalonians 1-3
2 Every time we think of you, we thank God for you. Day and night you’re in our prayers 3 as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father. (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 MSG)
Paul had been worried about the Christian believers in Thessalonica. He knew they were going through tough times. Then Timothy arrived in Corinth with the good news that they had remained true to their new-found faith! Through persecution and poverty, their hearts stayed focused on the Master Jesus.
Every time Paul thought of them, he thanked God for them and prayed for them that their faith would continue to carry them through whatever life brought their way.
I am learning to pray for people every time I think of them. I know that there are a lot of times I think of someone – someone far away, someone I haven’t seen at church for a long time, someone who’s going through tough times – and it’s because the Holy Spirit has brought them to mind.
Instead of just a fleeting thought, “I wonder what’s going on with Neville,” or “I haven’t seen Bob and Carol for a while,” I am determined to slow down and pray for them right then and there. I purpose to pray what I know (Give thanks to God for them, pray about anything I’m aware of that they’re facing) and then pray in the Spirit for them. Right then and there.
I’m going to keep working on this until I can say with Paul, “Every time I think of you I thank God for you and pray for you…”
Father, I know you are so patiently and in so many ways leading me to be more thankful and to pray more. To worry less and pray more. To pray sooner rather than later. To pray about tasks, needs, opportunities. To pray about your Holy Spirit promptings. And to pray and give thanks for people you bring to my mind, “every time I think of them.” Help me to learn and change and grow in thankfulness and prayer.