«Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ» (2 Thessalonians 1:11, 12).
PAUL PRAYS for three things for the believers:
For a dignified life.Not only worthy of the entrance to the kingdom of glory but worthy to live the present faith. We need to live up to the values of the kingdom announced by Jesus Christ. Human beings must represent and reflect God’s disposition. The reason why the Christian lives a dignified and superior life is because they are oriented and governed by the same values of God.
For a powerful life. It is not about power to do what one wants, but about power to do God’s will. This power is the result of dependence on God. Jesus Himself replenished His soul with power through prayer.
In the silence of the nights, Jesus retired to have fellowship with His Father, inviting His disciples many times. «In prayer Christ had power with God, and prevailed. Morning by morning, and evening by evening, He received grace that He might impart to others. Then, His soul replenished with grace and fervor, He would set forth to minister to the souls of men» (Pastoral Ministry, p. 282).
For a life that glorifies Christ. The Lord is glorified in His children at His coming and also in the present. Saved lives and sanctified lives glorify Him. believer glorifies Christ and Christ glorifies the believer. Paul expresses that this is done by the grace of God. Grace leads us to glory.
Ellen G. White tells us that Jesus saw in every soul a being who should be called to His kingdom. «His strong personal sympathy helped to win hearts. He often repaired to the mountains for solitary prayer, but this was a preparation for His labor among men in active life. From these seasons He came forth to relieve the sick, to instruct the ignorant, and to break the chains from the captives of Satan» (The Desire of Ages, p. 151).
There is no dignified, powerful life that glorifies God unless we build upon communion to be consumed in mission.