Love and steadfastness. In 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 we see Paul emphasize these two characteristics as ones the people should pray for and strive for. God is continuing to move among the people, but Paul knows that the people need to continue to display God’s love and to do it consistently, or with steadfastness. So as Paul prays for them, as they pray for themselves, he directs them to pray for these two things so that God will grant them.
What do we pray for? Often my prayers are filled with requests for healing and other “things” that I want to do. Am I praying to love as God loves and to do it as consistently as Gid does it? What would my life and relationships look like if I did?