Taping Into God’s Power

“Rejoice evermore. (17) Pray without ceasing. (18) In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18

We are interrupting this passage, but doing so will not distort his message. His trilogy of thoughts here is great instruction on prayer. Let’s look at them: (1) rejoice evermore, (2) pray without ceasing, (3) in everything give thanks. Do these three attitudes provide a strong foundation for your prayer life? All three of these statements SEEM impossible for us to accomplish – and they are if we are simply attempting to do them in the flesh. I can’t rejoice evermore if I have no concept of “joy” in my life. I can’t pray without ceasing if I have not made personal prayer a pipeline to God and I go there often. I cannot give thanks in everything if I do not believe that God is good all the time and that He has my best interests at heart every day. Never mind that Paul says, “for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Before you turn away in frustration and despair, let me encourage you to take the necessary steps to make these thoughts a reality in your life. You CAN rejoice evermore when you learn that having joy is YOUR choice, not God’s. Read Psalm 16.11 to verify this truth. To pray without ceasing may seem like an impossibility on the surface, but God is asking us to REMAIN in an attitude of prayer. Praying is conversation with God and is easy when we have no unconfessed sin between ourselves and God. Giving thanks in everything becomes possible when we realize that God’s love only allows so much to get through to us. No matter the depths of despair, we can give thanks in that circumstance because God will not leave us in that valley forever. Take time to think through these things and ask God to make these three statements a reality in your life. Just My Thoughts  …

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