Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy sent word to the Thessalonians who were suffering persecution and affliction. Their words are just as valid today as they were then. These men prayed that God would consider the Thessalonians worthy of their calling, worthy of the Kingdom. They were called to endure a harsh reality and were told, “ in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit,” (1 Thessalonians 5:18-19NASB)
Regarding your afflicters
“These people will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified among His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—because our testimony to you was believed.
To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will consider you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, in accordance with the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:9-12 NASB)
Will God consider us worthy of our calling, or are we grumbling and complaining? Or worse, are we resisting His will? That is to “quench the Spirit.”