December 15, 2023

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2

The Greek word for prosper means “to help on the road.” This verse is saying: Beloved, I pray that you will have help on the road in all respects. I love the word help and what it implies: to aid, assist, and facilitate support. It’s so good to have help, and it’s a good aspiration to go through life endeavoring to be a help. As you go through school, navigate relationships with your family, work in business – in all the complexity of your life – God wants to help you. 

pros·per, verb
Greek: euodóō
To help on the road, i.e. (passively) succeed in reaching; figuratively, to succeed in business affairs:—(have a) prosper(-ous journey).

SUCCEED IN REACHING. Another part of the Greek definition of prosper is to “succeed in reaching; to succeed in business affairs.” Do you have goals? You should, and God will help you reach those goals and succeed. Today, I had to make decisions that have a bearing on the rest of the year for my staff. I know that the Holy Spirit is there to help me make quality conclusions. And how do I know that? Because Jesus said He would send another Helper (John 14:16). Life is challenging. But that’s why we have God’s Word, the church, and each other. That’s why we have these statements of faith which reveal truth and produce confidence. We can and should pray outlandish prayers like 3 John 2. 
Whatever station of life you are in, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers!
God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry 

God, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to help me. Thank You for Your Word, which guides me. I pray that I will have help on the road in all respects. Help me to succeed in reaching the things You call me to. Help me to succeed in all my business affairs. I pray that I will prosper and be in good health, just as my soul prospers. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Copyright © 2023 St. Louis Family Church, All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved. “Euodóō,” G2137, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. James Strong, 1890, p. 33.