2 Thessalonians 2:11-3:7, Verse 1, “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:”
The word have in the Greek means to run.
Ephesians 6:19, “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.”
Colossians 4:3, “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:”
Meditate on verses from chapters two and three.
Having challenged the Thessalonians in the Word of God in chapter two, he now adds that they pray for the increase of the Gospel, for the safety of the faithful servants, and that it not be hindered by opposition which might prevent success. That the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified: here is a figure of speech taken from a waterway, where the current flows freely, without interruption or obstruction.
Which leads us to the question: when may the word of God be said to have free course? The obvious answer is: when it is freely preached, practiced and a willingness to pay the price.
In the year A.D. 303, the Roman Emperor Diocletian issued a decree that he hoped would extinguish the spreading flames of Christianity. One of his primary objectives was the seizure and destruction of the Christian Scriptures. Later that year, officials enforced the decree in North Africa. One of the targets was Felix, Bishop of Tibjuca, a village near Carthage. The mayor of the town ordered Felix to hand over his Scriptures. Though some judges were willing to accept scraps of parchment, Felix refused to surrender the Word of God at the insistence of mere men. Resolutely, he resisted compromise. Roman authorities finally shipped Felix to Italy where he paid for his stubbornness with his life. On August 30, as the record puts it, “with pious obstinacy,” he laid down his life rather than surrender his Gospels. Christian Theology in Plain Language, page 41.