“God is the source. Everything else is a resource.” Tony Evans
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Paul identifies “the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you,” by three succinct imperatives. Each of the imperatives is spiritual rather than ethical in nature; all have to do with your attitude -an inner state of being. They reflect your concept of God in that often you do not feel like obeying them. Faith in God’s unfailing goodness to you enables you to cheerfully accept the disappointments and sufferings of life. Sorrow and these three verses go together when your perspective is correct.
Note also the three adverbs: “always, unceasingly, and in everything.” They all have the idea of being perpetual and can be interchanged with any of the other exhortations. “Pray” is the means whereby you “rejoice” through prayer God gives you grace to rejoice in the midst of pain. “Give thanks” guides and restrains your prayer. You can easily make prayer a time of murmuring and complaining. Thank Him “in every thing,” not only during times when you feel all is well.
Paul wants this to include a constant reference to all of life’s circumstances – not resignation bordering on rebellion – but true thanksgiving. You “pray without ceasing” by constantly referring life’s inputs to God; your thinking process becomes prayer. Your thoughts, victories, discouragements, and defeats are all committed to God in prayer with a spirit of gratitude.
1 Samuel 4-6 Luke 9:1-17 (New King James Version)
1 Samuel 4-6
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
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