“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians [5:16]-18
As we’ve seen this week, the Apostle Paul was a man of prayer. He understood the necessity of asking the God of the universe to intercede. Paul also wrote the verses we’re reflecting on today in his letter to the church of Thessalonica. In these verses, Paul highlights two key aspects of prayer.
First, Paul highlights the quantity of our prayers. We should be in constant communication with God. When we wake—we should pray. When we brush our teeth, while we drive, while we work, when we parent, and when we play—we should pray! To constantly pray doesn’t mean we walk through our day with our eyes closed. To pray without ceasing involves inviting God into the flow of our life. Praying reminds us that we are in desperate need of God’s help.
Second, Paul highlights the quality of prayer. Our prayers should not be filled with complaints, instead we should constantly be looking for where we see God at work, and then give Him thanks. We are to give thanks to God in ALL circumstances. That means we thank God for traffic, when we spill coffee on our shirt before we go into a meeting, and when we receive bad news. It’s in these circumstances when we should find reasons to praise God.
While traffic is certainly inconvenient, maybe God is giving you time to slow down and spend a few minutes with Him.
Dear God, thank You for encouraging me to pray. Thank You for hearing my prayers. Please help me to pray more often and regularly give You thanks. Amen.
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