Delivered by Prayer

18TH JUNE 2024

Christ for Youth International
3 min readJun 18, 2024


Christ for Youth International

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.” [1 Thessalonians 3:1–2 NKJV]

Despite his many successes in ministry, Paul still solicits prayers from the saints in Thessalonica. He recognised that if the light of the gospel is going to be experienced across nations, not only is it necessary for the Word of God to run swiftly, but also the ministers who share the good news must be kept safe from wicked and unreasonable men.

There are men and women who face persecution because of the gospel. In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12). Day in and day out, some people are martyred for their faith in Jesus. They are slaughtered in religious-extremist-dominated regions in their efforts to send the message of the gospel. Unfortunately, sometimes it even happens before the message gets to its final destination. Consequently, these circumstances impede and delay the propagation of the gospel to such areas.

In Acts 12:1–12, King Herod, after he had killed James to appease the Jews, went on to capture and imprison Peter to kill him as well. But much prayer was offered to God by the church on Peter’s behalf (v. 5). The result of the prayers led to Peter’s supernatural deliverance. His chains fell off his hands, the prison gates were opened with no effort, he was led out of the prison yard by an angel and he found himself at the premises where the prayers were being made.

Our prayers are potent in combating the schemes of the enemy against our spiritual leaders, who have been given to us by God “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12).

Our shepherds are gifts God has given to us to assist us grow and walk in line with His perfect will for our lives.

Today, let us take some time off to pray for missionaries, evangelists, pastors, and other men and women who have made themselves available for others to encounter the Lord. Pray that the Lord delivers them from harm and danger,that they be delivered from wicked and unreasonable men who oppose the gospel.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the leaders You have placed in our lives. Deliver them from every peril set by wicked men. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Further Reading: Acts 12:1–12

Bible in One Year: Psalms [87–90]