God’s Word with ?

Never stop praying.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)


Vs.18 and give thanks whatever happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus.

If we have not been praying should we still give thanks for whatever happens?

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11 thoughts on “God’s Word with ?”

  1. Paul also said, in 5:12-17
    “… to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”

    If we do all these things and ‘pray without ceasing’, we should have a lot to give thanks for. Sara, this may be the answer to your prayers about 2010 retreat?

  2. Paul also says in another way, “But let him who gets teaching in the word give a part in all good things to his teacher.” (Gal 6:6)..because of the labors in the Word that Gary has listed above. And because our teachers do pray without ceasing to be able to handle their charges, their sheepfold, with wisdom and accuracy.
    In Job it says, ” I will teach you concerning the hand of God; what
    is with the Almighty I will not conceal.” So if we believe that God will not conceal His WILL for us in whatever we request, I believe we must keep knocking, seeking and asking.

  3. With regard to this question, “If we have not been praying should we still give thanks for whatever happens?”

    If we haven’t been praying, we may be very sorrowful when ‘whatever happens’. We would also be accountable since we are told to pray. We can’t complain about ‘what happens’ since we didn’t do what we were supposed to. It seems like the connector word to ‘never stop praying’/give thanks is ‘and’. If you separate the two seems like there would be no reason for thanks. Praying is a grave responsiblilty.

  4. I think that praying without ceasing means that we are open throughout the day to pray a prayer as the Holy Spirit lays it on our heart. We should have an attitude of joy in knowing that God is going to use us to touch someone for Him that day through prayer or action. Our Heart knows our Savior can work in the lives of people and situations that we pray for. Nothing is too tough for Jesus. We may never know the results of the prayer, but I think if we shut the nudging of the Holy Spirit out that God will perhaps choose another or if we continue to ignore the nudging He will choose another altogether. The touch God wanted to make through us, if ignore, didn’t happen at that moment and who knows may be very costly for that person who was to be touched by God. The blessing God would have given us for lifting that person or situation up is gone. So sad – really sad.

    If we pray we usually see things happen and can give thanks and praise to God for He is worthy. If we don’t pray we can’t give thanks and sometimes we end up crying (literally) out to the Lord for our negligence or disobedience to pray. We may repent. But the cost of not praying like I said above can be costly.

  5. The phrase, “PRAY in your PRAYERS” is good counsel. It can be taken both ways…..PRAY-IN what you’re praying about AND when you are “praying” , PRAY! Everyone has a different way of approaching the Lord in how they speak to Him. Jesus gave us the formula….not that it is a religious law….but more an attitude of heart. When you pray go into your prayer closet and and what you pray in secret the Lord God will hear and reward you openly. Another thing Jesus told us…”anything you ask in My Name, that I will do. Anything you ask the Father in My Name, that He will do for you. But ‘praying in our prayers’ for one thing, means to focus on the Giver of Life, the Giver of petitions granted, to keep in mind as we pray, His power, might and compassion. If we pray a cursory prayer to alleviate our consciences, just lip service, He doesn’t “hear” us….because Jesus said IF HE HEARS YOU, you have the petitions you have asked for. So we need to check ourselves and see what part we are not fulfilling. If we have worked our fingers to the bone in Kingdom work, given as much as we possibly can, sacrificially even, but have lost our first LOVE, that is complete preoccupation with the Lord Jesus and His Love for us, then we must repent and do the first thing.

  6. Why not? I made the choice to pray or not pray. I should be happy with my choices and thank God for the power of choice.

  7. The footnotes for 1 Thessalonians 5:17, really helped me. Read with me, “We cannot spend all our time on our knees, but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude at all times. This attitude is built upon acknowledging our dependence on God, realizing his presence within us, and determining to obey him fully. Then we will find it natural to pray frequent, spontaneous, short prayers. A prayerful attitude is not a substitute for regular times of prayer but should be an outgrowth of those times. Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul said that believers should never stop praying. A Christian’s persistence is an expression of faith that God answers prayer. Faith shouldn’t die if the answers come slowly, for the delay may be God’s way of working his will. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering–in ways that he knows are best.”

  8. Sara,
    When you say, “a vessel of prayer on constant pour”, do you mean that prayers are continuous? (like pouring water out of a pitcher)

  9. Yes. I think that is why prayer and thanks are connected with joy. Pitcher, water, glass meeting on a hot summer day.

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