1 Thessalonians 1:2-4
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;…
A praying engineer used to run from Boston on the morning express train. A very faithful man he was in his business; and he was a man of ardour and enthusiasm for souls. He used to make me ride with him, and he would give me an account of his hunting and fishing for souls. I suppose he was the means of rescuing fifty men from the devil's grasp, clothing them and getting them into business. Even while he was running his engine he was thinking of his work — for his real work was among souls. The moment he got to the terminus off went his engineer's clothes and on went his ordinary dress, and he started around town to look after some of his cases to inquire about them, and to speak with them. He drew out his praying list one day! I found that he had a strip of paper on which were written ten or fifteen names; and he said that each day he prayed for every single one of them. Sometimes he was more particularly moved in behalf of this one, and sometimes in behalf of that one. Said he, "As soon as one of these is converted I put another on the list. There are ever so many waiting to get on the list; but I cannot put more than fifteen on." He was always praying somebody on or somebody off from that list of his. He gave me some of the most affecting accounts that I ever heard in my life.
(H. W. Beecher.)
Parallel VersesKJV: We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;