Reading and prayer – Friday, November 20

Paul prayed often for the Christians in Thessalonica and gave joyful thanks as he recalled unceasingly the godly characteristics they displayed, that so honoured the Lord. He thanked God for their work, which was energised by faith, their service which was motivated by love and their unwavering hope in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:1-3

Paul, Silas and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for the reminder we gain from the lives of the Thessalonian Christians whose work of faith, labour of love and steadfast hope in the Lord Jesus Christ is an example to us all, of godly living that honour You. I pray that I may grow in grace and in a knowledge of Christ Jesus my Saviour and do all for Your greater praise and glory – this I ask in Jesus’ name, AMEN.