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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Persistence in Prayer
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
Vs. 16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give
thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
In Paul’s Epistle to the Thessalonians, we see Paul
outlining the manner in which the Lord desires us to lead and live our
lives; being fervent in prayer.
Prayer is not situation
specific. In which times do you thank the Lord in prayer for the blessings
he has bestowed upon you? Do you thank Him only for the positive? Or do you
examine all the triumphs and battles the Lord has given you and thank Him
daily in your prayers? It comes easy to us to be thankful in the good
times; but we struggle to rejoice in times of pain. We struggle to see the
purpose in the battles we face throughout our lives. We fail to remain
steadfast in our prayers when it seems as if our prayers are not panning
out to what we desire.
Prayer is not to be
viewed as magic. Prayer is not a time where you voice your desires, your
wishes to the Lord and expect them to be fulfilled. The Lord is not to be
viewed as a magic genie that fulfills our prayers. We often pray for what
we want when the Lord blesses us with what we need.
Prayer is communication. Prayer is your opportunity to align
your heart with God’s will for you. Set aside uninterrupted time for you
and the Lord to spend together. Use it as a time to explore the
circumstances in life you may be grappling with; and as a time to express
your gratitude for any circumstances that have been used to manifest the
Lord’s master plan for you. Your call, your cry to the Lord in your time of
prayer is your open invitation to seek Him. Seek for what you require of
Him and listen for what He requires from you.
Be joyful, always.
Pray continually; prayer can never be exhausted. In all circumstances be
thankful. Even when it seems that our prayers are not being answered, God
hears us. Remain persistent in prayer for He will never forsake you.
Lord, allow our prayers to serve as a way to display our
gratitude for all the blessings and battles you have bestowed upon us . We
are not worthy of your love and your mercy, but you have given it to us
freely. We are no where near the people you have planned for us to be but
grant us the days to better ourselves according to your will. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
One day passed without thanking the Lord for all that He
has done for you is one too many.
Anissa Thomas, Tabore MTC, Staten Island, NY
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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