2 Worthy Petitions for the Church

D. A. Carson and Brian Tabb | April 28, 2015

Editors’ note: This excerpt comes from a new group study by D. A. Carson and Brian Tabb, published by The Gospel Coalition and LifeWay Christian Resources. The study builds on Carson’s classic work on prayer, Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation (Baker, 2nd ed.). TGC previously published an excerpt from 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10

2 THESSALONIANS 1:11-12: (11) To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, (12) so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 



If we adopt Paul’s spiritual framework, his eternal perspective, and his practice of constantly thanking God for signs of his grace at work in our midst, what sorts of requests should we present to God? The opening phrase, “to this end” (ESV) or “with this in mind” (NIV) makes clear that Paul’s petitions follow directly from his thanksgiving in verses 3-10.

Here Paul makes two worthy petitions for the Thessalonian church (v. 11) and spells out the ultimate goal of these…

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