MARCH 4, 2018

As far as gifted communicators are concerned, Paul was certainly among them. He was a brilliant, logical, powerful, and persuasive communicator. He read his audience and his surroundings masterfully. His grasp of the Old Testament, and how it connected to the New Covenant was brilliant. And of course, his writings, clearly inspired by the Holy Spirit, remain among the most influential ever penned. Needless to say, as a communicator, Paul ranks among the most effective of all time.

Yet, despite his abilities as a communicator, notice the plea Paul makes to the church at Thessalonica:

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:                        2 Thessalonians 3:1

Paul recognized the absolute essential ingredient for effectually communicating the Word of God. The prayers of God’s people were not simply a nice addition, they were an absolute essential priority in the work of the ministry. Did you notice Paul uses the word “Finally” in connection to his urgency. It is as if he is saying, “If I can only ask for one thing, then I am asking you to pray.” He knew the enemy was always working to hinder the preaching of the Word. He is pleading with the church to pray that the Word would have unhindered access to the hearts and minds of the listener, and God would be glorified. Preachers today may not have the communicative abilities of the Apostle Paul, but we do have the same God, the same Word, and the same plea…brethren, pray for us.

– Dr. Jeff Redlin