I Thessalonians 5:16-18: Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always); (17) Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]; (18) Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].
Reflection Points: Our joy, prayers and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands – be joyful; never stop praying; and be thankful often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God’s will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful.
We can’t spend all of our time on our knees, but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude at all times. This attitude is built upon acknowledging our dependence on God, realizing His presence within us, and determining to obey Him fully. Then we will find it natural to pray frequent, spontaneous, short prayers on behalf of a person (s), place or global event. A prayerful attitude is not a substitute for regular times of prayer but should be an outgrowth of those times.
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