Pray For Free Course For The Bible
Praying for the powerful Word of God to have free course might seem strange and unnecessary to us, but the Bible itself tells us we ought to.
2 Thessalonians 3:1: Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
1 Thessalonians 5:25: Brethren, pray for us.
Ephesians 4:11: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Note that us in the Thessalonian passages is plural. I would suggest that in addition to Pastors you ought to pray for all of the Christian leaders, Bible teachers and examples the Lord has given you. Pray specifically that they will be able to freely preach, teach and live the Bible. There are multitudes of individuals and governments that want to suppress and silence the Word of God, the Bible. We ought to pray that it will have free course and be glorified and that its power will be a mighty force in our world today. Pray too that the Bible will have a powerful impact on you and through you. Give yourself to it.
Acts 6:4: And we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
This devotional was written by Charles Haddon Spurgeon on 1 Thessalonians 5:25.
This one morning in the year we reserved to refresh the reader*s memory upon the subject of prayer for ministers, and we do most earnestly implore every Christian household to grant the fervent request of the text first uttered by an apostle and now repeated by us. Brethren, our work is Solemnly momentous, involving weal or woe to thousands; we treat with souls for God on eternal business, and our word is either a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death. A very heavy responsibility rests upon us, and it will be no small mercy if at the last we be found clear of the blood of all men. As officers in Christ*s army, we are the especial mark of the enmity of men and devils; they watch for our halting, and labour to take us by the heels. Our sacred calling involves us in temptations from which you are exempt, above all it too often draws us away from our personal enjoyment of truth into a ministerial and official consideration of it. We meet with many knotty cases, and our wits are at a non plus; we observe very sad backslidings, and our hearts are wounded; we see millions perishing, and our spirits sink. We wish to profit you by our preaching; we desire to be blest to your children; we long to be useful both to saints and sinners; therefore, dear friends, intercede for us with our God. Miserable men are we if we miss the aid of your prayers, but happy are we if we live in your supplications. You do not look to us but to our Master for spiritual blessings, and yet how many times has He given those blessings through His ministers; ask then, again and again, that we may be the earthen vessels into which the Lord may put the treasure of the gospel. We, the whole company of missionaries, ministers, city missionaries, and students.