Friends, we are nearing the end of #write31days and thus the end of the 31 Days of Prayer Verses and Quotes series. I know, I’m sad about it too, but for now I have TWO verses on Prayer I would like to focus on.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people 1 Corinthians 2:1
Right away, what stands out to me about the first verse is that there are other parallel verses in the bible that say the same thing. I love that about the bible, that there are so many verses that finish, relate and complete one another.
When we pray to “give thanks in all circumstances”, we don’t necessarily have to give thanks FOR that particular circumstance. Although, it seems after we get through that particular storm, we are able to give thanks FOR what we’ve gone through (usually not until after some time has passed)
In the middle of a tragedy or a loss, it is hard to look for things that we can be thankful for, but if we look closely God is gracious enough to scatter them throughout our everyday. Giving thanks IN EVERY Circumstance as we pray will allow our hearts to align with the will of God.
An example of this is when our prayers start to change as we are praying them.
Recently my husband and I have started praying for our baby girl that is in my womb. We’ve prayed for the different stages of my pregnancy, labor and delivery and for her life also. The night that we were praying for her preschool years (and I’ll admit I was telling God what kind of daughter I wanted) and in the middle of me asking for an easy going child (yes I see you laughing over there) God reminded me that for the little girl he has blessed us with he will also give us the wisdom, strength, patience, etc that we need to raise her. From that revelation my prayer turned from “I want an easy child” to “thank you for this blessing and for preparing me and my husband to raise the child you’ve blessed us with”.
My thankfulness in the moment gave way for God to gently remind me that “He’s got this”. He’s got it all, everything in the palm of His hand, and when we pray we are able to get a taste and a glimpse of His goodness.
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8
The second verse relates back to praying for our enemies and those people that are harder to get along with. We are to give thanks and pray for ALL people, even the difficult ones.
That is easier said than done, as I’ve alluded to before when you are harboring unforgiveness, bitterness or resentment towards someone to pray for them is the LAST thing you want to do.
When prayer is the last thing you WANT to do, it is the first thing you NEED to do.
This goes for when we pray for ourselves and when we pray for others.
Boom. mic drop. I’m going to leave that quote there for you to chew on…until tomorrow!