May 132020

Beloved, pray for us. (1 Thessalonians 5.25)

Paul concludes most of his letters with a seemingly random (and oftentimes lengthy) hodge-podge (yes, that’s the technical term) of recommendations, requests, and commands. Tucked away at the end of this letter (see 1 Thess. 5:12–28), Paul simply writes: “Beloved, pray for us” (v. 25). Paul, the founder and spiritual guide of this community, is soliciting the prayers of his faithful friends, those whom he is shepherding. And he makes this commanding request not only because he wants them to petition God on his behalf, but to remind them – to remind us – that we are connected to one another. We all need prayer: you and me, he, she and we.      – rc

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