2 Thessalonians 3:1-3: Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
This prayer request was not directly for the unreasonable and wicked men, it was for the word of the Lord to have free course, be glorified and for deliverance. When the Word of God is given free course it will accomplish God*s will. It will give faith to men. It will become engrafted into men and save their souls. It will make men spiritually alive. It will make unreasonable men reasonable.
Isaiah 55:11: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Romans 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
James 1:21: Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Psalms 119:50: This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
Isaiah 1:18: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
If we want God to accomplish those specific things we should ask Him to. But it is wise to ask Him to give free course to the Bible. That kind of prayer is like a short-cut to His will. The Bible is the primary cause. The other things are the effects. We do not know for certain which effect God wants to cause at this time and place or which person He wants to effect. Even though God*s specific will in these areas is mysterious to us we are to pray for it because we know that it is perfect. Praying for a particular effect will be more in line with our own will. Praying for the Bible to have free course will be a humbler and purer prayer. It will be praying for God*s will. Praying for certain effects is appropriate when we have the attitude Jesus reflected in His prayer. He prayed for a specific effect but humbly submitted Himself to His Father*s will.
Luke 22:42: Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
I believe this was the purest prayer ever uttered. It was certainly the most beneficial for me and you.
Our prayers for the Bible to have free course won*t be answered if we who are believers don*t give it free course ourselves. When you and I are unwilling to preach, teach or quote the Bible, we are a blockade. When we are willing to do those things we are part of the free course.
2 Timothy 4:2a: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; . . .
John 7:38: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.