The Word Runs Swiftly by Prayer

17TH JUNE 2024

Christ for Youth International
3 min readJun 17, 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.” [2 Thess 3:1–2 NKJV]

Is it not intriguing that Paul, a man who raised the dead, healed the sick, planted many churches, broke out of prison with prayer and praise, drove out evil spirits with handkerchiefs he had handled, wrote most of the New Testament, amongst other extraordinary feats, still requested that prayers be made on his behalf? The truth is that all men need prayer. Paul understood the potency of prayer and didn’t hesitate to ask the Thessalonica church to intercede on behalf of others and himself.

In our verse for today, we also see Paul beseech the church to pray that God’s word runs swiftly and be glorified. There are still places that have not experienced the light of the Word of God, which has led to the dominance of the enemy in such regions. It is no wonder that Paul says in Colossians 4:2–3 “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains”.

Without prayer, the gospel will be hindered from reaching the lost and the god of this age will continue to blind the minds of many.

There are opposing forces that stagnate the free flow of the Word of God. Could our prayerlessness have prevented God’s Word from being experienced in various regions?

Prayer does not only open the doors for the Word to be preached but also supplies us with power, making us effective witnesses of Christ. Prayer emboldens us to send the message of the Kingdom to the perishing. When Paul and Silas prayed in Acts 16:25–34, the foundations of the prison shook, and the door was open not only for their escape but also for the opportunity for the Word of God to be preached to the prison master and his entire household.

Today, we are encouraged to stand in the gap to pray for the Word of the Lord to run swiftly and unhindered across towns, cities, nations, continents, and the world at large. Each of us should carry the burden of spreading the gospel widely. Only then will we see the harvest come in, to the glory of our Lord.

Heavenly Father, I pray that the light of Your Word will permeate through all nations unhindered. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Further Reading: Colossians 4:2–3

Bible in One Year: Psalm [83–86]