Pray That God’s Word May Run And Be Glorified: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 -- By: Robert N. Wilkin

Journal: Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society
Volume: JOTGES 26:51 (Autumn 2013)
Article: Pray That God’s Word May Run And Be Glorified: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Author: Robert N. Wilkin

Pray That God’s Word May Run And Be Glorified:
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2

Robert N. Wilkin

Executive Director

Grace Evangelical Society
Corinth, TX

I. Introduction

As he often did, Paul asked for prayer for his ministry of the Word of God:

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith (2 Thess 3:1-2).

Paul speaks of the Word of the Lord as though it were a living, breathing Person. In a sense it is, for this is the Word of the Living Risen Lord. It is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb 4:12).

Paul wants the Word of the Lord to run and to be glorified. Imagine God’s Word running. It is charging into and changing people’s lives.

When the Word of God is glorified, God is glorified, for it is His Word. This article will explore how it is that the Word of God can run swiftly.

II. The Place Of Prayer In Preaching And Teaching

Teaching the Bible is work. As 2 Thess 3:1-2 shows, the effectiveness of this work not only depends on the preparation of the speaker and the audience, but it also ultimately hinges on the blessing of God.

Proclaiming God’s Word is much more than simply being a charismatic speaker. There are spiritual components of preaching and teaching. And one of those components is prayer.1 Any preacher, young or old, would be wise to do what Paul does here, elicit prayer support.

The idea here is that God’s Word might run swiftly (supplied by the NKJV). J. Hampton Keathley, III writes concerning this:

This is the present continuous tense of the Greek word trechē, which means literally, “run” but it is used figuratively of “proceeding quickly without hindrance.” This is, then, a prayer that God’s message will continue to progress swiftly and without hindrance to and within the hearts of men and women as it had done so powerfully among the Thessalonians (see 1 Thes. 1 and 2:13). Note first that the focus here is on the message rather than the messenger for in the final analysis it is the message that transforms people. Again, we get a glimpse of Paul’s confidence. It is in ...

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