Many of us if not all have read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
But, have we actually read it in a way that was truly understood? Is it possible to pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances even when we don’t get that job interview? Well, that may sound impossible for so many of us, right? For many, prayer was almost like a ritual all the way around, from start to end. It often involved dressing up and gathering in a very spiritual, holy place and praying for at least an hour or so, it may still be like that for some of you. You can see why this act of praying without ceasing may feel a bit overwhelming. Perhaps that was possible in the old days where we didn’t have a busy life style and full of distractions but now, how can that even be possible?
Let me tell you that the scripture is quite literal, it means exactly what it says but don’t let that intimidate you. The good news is that following God’s precept is very much possible. Here is how you can accomplish this.
First off let me say that not all prayer is the same. You do not need to make any major changes to your lifestyle or schedule, it is all about turning every single moment in to moments of opportunity to pray. To illustrate this further, think about those moments when you’re brushing your teeth or waiting in line or cooking or even waiting at a traffic light. Every single moment counts. And it doesn’t necessarily need to be an elaborate prayer, though if you are able to do that in a couple minutes that’s great. But, it is literally just taking a minute to say a short prayer, to just acknowledging God is there and thank him for all he has provided. There are so many things we can be thankful for, I’m sure you can come up with a long list and you don’t even realize it. Thank him for being able to be alive another day, and yes, thank him for that interview you didn’t get because quite honestly, that job could have prevented you from getting a better one.
The point is to utilize those spare moments we have as we go through our daily activities to talk to God and get closer to him. He wants a relationship with us and he’s always there for us, listening every moment. So if we re-think 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, it is actually quite possible to accomplish what it is asking us to do. Though it may be a bit tough sometimes to be thankful for things that don’t go our way, but just think that there’s always a reason why things happen the way they do and in time, we’ll know what that reason is, in the mean time keep that connection open with God as you go through your day, just be real and pour your heart out to him, I guarantee you he’ll hear you.