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Thursday, October 10, 2013


Be joyful always;
pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. [1]
In 1 Thessalonians 5 God’s Spirit uses the Apostle Paul to instruct us in what we are to do throughout our lives. He tells us to pray continually. That is a stiff and all-encompassing command. But I believe the next command is even more demanding in these last days. We are entering times of great crises. We will be driven to our knees by many alarming circumstances. And yet we are commanded to give thanks in the midst of all of the problems that we see. For all of us that requires great faith. We have to trust that God is on the throne and that His will will ultimately be accomplished on earth as it is in heaven. These two commands, “Pray continually,” And “Give thanks in all circumstances” are the key to perseverance in rejoicing. May I suggest that you try to spend an entire day thanking God every time you pray, even if you are upset about what you are praying for.

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (1 Th 5:16–18). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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