Rejoice and Pray [1 Thessalonians 5:16-17]

1 Thessalonians 5-16-17

Rejoice always, pray continually,    -1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

Hello All! I’m really sorry about not posting yesterday. I could launch into a story about how busy I was, but to be honest, I forgot about it… completely. I forget things a lot, but anyways. Here I am, on Saturday, writing my devo, about two very short verses. Even though they are short. They are two commands to be taken very seriously. Rejoicing always should be easy, right? Because we have nothing  to not be thankful for. Yeah right. It’s human nature to complain. We see something better than what we have, and we want it. This is coveting, that is bad, there is a commandment against that, and anyways, we have a lot to be thankful for. If you are reading this, you probably have a device that has connection to the internet. It doesn’t seem like much, but it really is incredible how fast new technologies are being developed. I remember when I was probably five or six, and it only took like… four minutes to load up the web browser and play cool games online. It was incredible! We had a lot to rejoice for then, and we have even more now. On to the second verse: Pray continually. I wrote about prayer in another one of my posts: He Must Become Greater [John 3:30], and some people may be asking, How do I pray continually? I can’t get down on my knees and fold my hands while I’m driving, or at school! I covered this in my other devo, but the quick answer is, prayer doesn’t always mean getting on your knees and using thees and thous, it is communication with God. Communication requires sending and receiving. Receiving means we have to listen for an answer, not just ask God for something and expect it to happen. We have to wait for His answer, and it might not always be the answer we want, but even if it isn’t, we can rest assured that His perfect plan will be completed.

★ Jonathan VanRy

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