I see Paul cry out for prayer as he travels from city to city along with companions sharing the good news of Jesus. He wouldn’t enter on soft red carpet distinguished from others, but would often be faced with evil people seeking to undermine the word of the Lord. I find it quite convicting to realize how rarely I ask for the word of the Lord to speed ahead of upcoming meetings, conversations, dining opportunities, etc expecting the gospel to be honored. I’m not sure why it’s so rare, the Thessalonians were a result of intentional advanced prayer where Paul & Co. were expecting to see some, not all, come to faith in Jesus. Imagine speaking to God about about advancing His word in a city prior to my arrival; and I arrive only to see the Holy Spirit through the teaching of the word radically transform people through faith (thinking about Mpholi). I look forward to praying on behalf of several missionary friends who long for God’s word to advance among them and to be protected from evil people.