If Paul is the ideal human model of one Christian interceding for another Christian, than this is a passage we must study. Jesus, of course, was the ultimate example of intercessory prayer for others. He was the ultimate example of affection for His sheep (John 10:11-16, 27-28), unselfishness for His disciples (John 13:3-17), compassion for His people (John 11:33-44; Matt. 23:37-39), protectiveness toward His lambs (John 10:2-5), delight for His church (Matt. 16:18-19), gratitude for His followers (Matt. 11:25-30), and intercession for His beloved children (John 17:6-26). That model of the shepherd's heart is the divine standard for all pastors today.
In this passage before us, we see the Apostle Paul emulating Jesus, when he prays for the Christians at Thessalonica.
"Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord ... " (3:11a)
"Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints."