Forty Days of Prayer- Day 18

Life is a journey.  Quite often a goal we have is not reached until you make the proper steps in life.  One of the reasons we are focusing on prayer this Lenten season is to help us pray more often, to help us pray continually.  Prayer is one of the crucial steps of faith as we live our lives.   I thought of this as I read the three short verses of scripture below.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.     (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18)

This passage asks us to do three things and the most difficult is the first, to be joyful always. If we are honest with ourselves many of us would say we are sometimes joyful, sometimes prayerful, and sometimes we give thanks.  A big part of prayer is being honest with God and yourself.  Let me remind you of a simple truth, you cannot pull one over on God. Prayer calls for brutal honesty, especially as we look at and understand our actions and motives.  We need to come to realize that every single thought we have in our minds, there are only two people who hear it, you and God.  This realization is hard but it is a part of learning to pray continually.

The second step is giving thanks in all circumstances.  Do you have anything to be thankful for?  This morning here in Florida I was thankful for blankets.  It is not often I get to say that but this morning they were much needed.  When I look at everything that is needed I find that I have those things.  In fact I have those things in abundance.  God has also planned for me in the future and He even tells me a little about all that he has planned and prepared for me.   A big part of praying continually is having the time to say thank you for all the blessings we have been given.

Lastly the more we are saying thank you for the incredible blessings we have, it becomes possible to be joyful always.   I love the excitement kids have on Christmas with their toys.  They have in their minds new games and adventures that are now possible.  I would like to challenge you to say thank you for 5 new things each day.  You may not have the running around excitement of a 5 year old, but you can have a joy that permeates every day of your life.

In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave

Dear Lord, thank you for another day.   Help me to be joyful always.  This can only happen when I share every moment of my life with You, and appreciate the incredible new blessings of each day.  Thank You for them and all good things. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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