“FURTHERMORE, BRETHREN, do pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may speed on (spread rapidly and run its course) and be glorified (extolled) and triumph, even as [it has done] with you, and that we may be delivered from perverse (improper, unrighteous) and wicked (actively malicious) men, for not everybody has faith and is held by it.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 ->me: One thing I have seen in Paul in my readings is how much he asks for prayer. We all know that Paul endured a lot of suffering and persecution but he was also a principled man against idleness and not doing the work to sustain himself…he did not like leaning on the support of the church. I know I don’t ask for prayer often enough. I am always ready to ask others what I can pray for but I need to get better at requesting. I also love that part of Paul’s request is that God’s word be glorified and succeed with those that come in contact with it. That, essentially, God would call those to Himself that hear the preaching of Paul, Timothy, and Silas. Finally, the prayer Paul has to be saved from men without faith who have it out for him. Paul knows that the world is filled with evil faithless men who have no inhibitions about eliminating followers of Christ. I feel so thankful that I live in a country where this is not prevalent so I should spend more time praying for our brave missionaries who do.