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Praying continually
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & book 1 Thessalonians.

Praying continually

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 10, 2024

16 Always be joyful.

17 Continually be prayerful.

18 In everything be thankful, because this is God’s will for you in the Messiah Jesus.

19 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire.

20 Do not despise prophecies.

21 Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good.

22 Keep away from every kind of evil.

23 May the God of peace himself make you holy in every way. And may your whole being—spirit, soul, and body—remain blameless when our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, appears.

24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will continue to be faithful.

All Christians should live in a constant attitude of joy, prayer, and thanks (verses 16-18).

Some people do not believe in the Lord Jesus. For those people, joy depends on the good things that happen to them. But the joy mentioned in verse 16 is a different kind of joy here. This joy does not depend on what happens. Real joy comes from knowing the Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit gives joy to all who believe (1 Thessalonians 1:6). Christians should allow this joy to be in them and to affect the whole of their life. The new life that they have from God is full of joy. They know that God is with them. So, they can have joy even if things do not appear to be moving well.

To be continually prayerful does not mean to pray without stopping. Rather it means that they should have an attitude of prayer. They should pray often as a regular way of life. They can pray wherever they are and at all times.

In all matters, they need the unhindered help of God’s Spirit. This is particularly so in being able to tell the difference between right and wrong, so that they do not despise Spirit-inspired messages as worldly, and do not exalt worldly attitudes as spiritual (verses 19-22).

God works in all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). So, they should give thanks to God in every good or bad circumstance. He is in control and He allows both good and bad times to come to them. But in the end, the result is always to bless them. They believe in God. So, they can and should thank Him for all that happens to them.

God alone can give the Thessalonians the necessary strength to put Paul’s advice into practice. God wants His people to progress constantly towards greater holiness in every part of their lives and being (verses 23-24)

🔷 The knowledge and relationship with Christ as the Son of God and Redeemer of the world should give us joy and hope at all times.

🔷 All believers should have an attitude of prayer. This does not mean work should be substituted with prayer.

🔷 Believers must know that all things work together for their good, so must be thankful to Him in all situations

🔷 We must put to test all that we receive as God’s instructions before we act on them so that false teachings shall not take us away.

💥 Thank God for everything in your life
💥 Request God’s Spirit to lead you to cruise to victory in Him.

God is in charge of the world and comes through for all those who trust in Him. We need to depend on Him with joy, prayer and thanksgiving, and His Spirit will inspire us to victory.

In series Bright Morning Reflections