“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” Romans 12.12
Paul has just finished teaching us about spiritual gifts and the importance of using them for God’s glory in the local church. As a continuation of those thoughts, he give us the words of v. 12: (1) rejoicing in hope, (2) patient in tribulation, and (3) continuing instant in prayer. Let’s take a little closer look at these short phrases.
“Rejoicing in hope” … what glorious way to spend each day in our walk with the Lord. Every Sunday when I awake, I am reminded of the verse in Psalms that states: “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (118.24) But our rejoicing is not just reserved for the Lord’s Day. We can make it a DAILY rejoicing. What is this hope of which Paul speaks? It could be a number of things, but it certainly can be a reference to our Lord’s return for us.
“Patient in tribulation” … every Christ-follower is going to experience some kind of tribulation. It may be physical suffering or alienation from our family because of our stand for Christ. He fully expected the church to experience tribulation and in those early days it did, at the hands of the Roman Empire.
“Continuing INSTANT in prayer” … prayer must be such a vital part of each believer’s life. Think of that word INSTANT – meaning when a situation arises, we don’t have time to clear our slate of sins with God. We need to have already done that in our persona prayer time. Many days, as the events unfold for us, we are driven to pray for people or situations that occur and it demands INSTANT prayer. Let’s become the kind of prayer warriors who are willing and ready to be “instant in prayer. Just my thoughts …