Our world is full of pain and turmoil. It is a struggle to face the daily news and still be hopeful. Paul the apostle had a solution for facing a hurting world.
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12–18. Reflect on 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (ESV).
No matter how difficult today may be, no matter what news may reach us, there is always a reason to rejoice. Jesus has made a great sacrifice for us on the cross—offering us relationship with God eternal—and that is always worth celebrating. Furthermore, despite the pain and turmoil, God is on the move in our world. His Spirit is here and present among his Church—that is also worth rejoicing in.
But the pain is still here, isn’t it? We must pray about the pain. We must pray without ceasing. We as Christians are to be in constant communication with God. There should not be beginning or end to our conversation with Jesus.
Our times of prayer—when we reflect upon the Almighty and his grace to us—should lead us to give thanks. Despite what circumstances may come our way, we can always be grateful for God—that he has given us this world to live in and relationship with him.
It is the will of God that we learn to have a thankful heart. Thankfulness has the power to change our entire lives. It has the power to transform every conversation and circumstance into an opportunity.
We pray and God answers—for that we can be thankful. We rejoice and we draw closer to God—for that we can be thankful. We have an opportunity to know God himself—for that we can be thankful.
What are three things you can be thankful for today? What are you praying about now, and how can you continue your conversation with God throughout your day today?
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