October 7th 2 Thessalonians 3
1: 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: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 3: But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 4: And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 5: And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Paul is bringing his letter to an end. This part might have been written in Pauls own handwriting. He says pray for us… And then he lists two points for prayer. 1. That the preaching of the message of the Gospel will have swift progress in the world and that it might be acknowledged in its true power and glory as it is in you. 2. That we (Paul, Silas and Timothy and their fellow-workers) might be saved from the clutches of men who are out of their minds and evil in what they do, because not everyone is a believer. Then Paul says the Lord is faithful and he will establish you in the faith and keep you from the evil one. And we are confident in the Lord regarding you that you will do and want to do - the things which we instructed you. May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.