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1 Thessalonians 3:11

ESV Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you,
NIV Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you.
NASB Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you;
CSB Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you.
NLT May God our Father and our Lord Jesus bring us to you very soon.
KJV Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

What does 1 Thessalonians 3:11 mean?

Paul prays to God the Father and the Lord Jesus to provide a clear way for him and his coworkers to travel to Thessalonica to see the Christians there. Praying for our fellow believers is not only a privilege but also a responsibility. Often in his epistles Paul urged believers to pray for one another. He also requested prayer for himself, such as in 1 Thessalonians 5:25.

The fact that Paul directs his prayer to both the Father and Jesus, whom he calls "Lord," shows that Jesus is as much God as the Father is. They are co-equal and co-essential. In his letter to Titus Paul refers to Jesus as "our great God and Savior" (Titus 2:13). Belief in the deity of Jesus is an essential doctrine of the Christian faith. The apostle John wrote: "And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God" (1 John 4:14–15).
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