A Pastoral Prayer for Our People and Places

1 Thessalonians 3:12 – “… and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all…”

I am fond of Paul the pastor. Could Jesus’ apostle Paul be a little rough around the edges? For sure. Bold and confrontational with his words? Absolutely, and rightly so at times (see Galatians). But the one thing I look at when reading Paul pastorally: he was passionately indignant, zealous and driven in his love for the saints of Jesus’ church and for the lost.

So, I’m praying for Paul’s words here to the church in Thessalonica today and going forward. I’m praying for a deeper,  Christ-driven love for our people. I’m longing for more of a heart to serve my neighbors (which includes my actual neighbors who live around me). But I’m praying this for our people as well. I’m praying as we drink from the deep well of the gospel of grace week in and week out, day in and day out, that God the Holy Spirit would cause a deep love for one another and for all who surround us on a daily basis in the Kennebunks, our neighborhoods, workplaces, schools and recreational hangouts.

Will you join me in this prayer?

2 thoughts on “A Pastoral Prayer for Our People and Places

  1. Thank you for the beautiful prayer. I’m praying for the same thing for our church, New Life Community Church in Concord, MA, of which I was a founding member 30 years ago. We are also praying for the people of Concord to open their hearts to Jesus. We have a revival prayer group at the North Bridge Inn every Monday. Our focus is awakening for the people of Concord and the surrounding area.

    Laura Nickerson is my friend and she has told me about your vision for a church plant. That’s wonderful. Please know that I will be praying for all of you as you follow the leading of the Lord.

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