“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
No matter what’s going on. No matter how hard. No matter how blah. No matter how awesome. No matter how fun.
No matter what: rejoice, pray, give thanks.
Always. Continually. In all circumstances.
For this cynical guy, this critical soul, this self-sufficient heart, that’s like asking a rock to give birth and produce guitar playing rainbows.
“With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.”
Today, for one day, can I have joy all day? Can I pray each moment to see and savor the glory of God the Father through Jesus? Can I give thanks for all that comes my way–good, bad, or ugly?
If God can save the rich man, if Jesus can forgive the people mocking and killing him, if God can resurrect my dead soul from the grave–then, yes.
May it be so.
“For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”
“Everything we do in the Christian life is easier than prayer.” -Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“There is nothing that we are so bad at all our days as prayer.” -Alexander Whyte
“There are times in my life when I would rather die than pray.” -Thomas Shepard
“May I but speak my own Experience, and from that tell you the difficulty of Praying to God as I ought; it is enough to make you poor, blind, carnal men, to entertain strange thoughts of me. For, as for my heart, when I go to pray, I find it so reluctant to go to God, and when it is with him, so reluctant to stay with him, that many times I am forced in my Prayers; first to beg God that he would take mine heart, and set it on himself in Christ, and when it is there, that he would keep it there. In fact, many times I know not what to pray for, I am so blind, nor how to pray I am so ignorant; only (blessed be Grace) the Spirit helps our infirmities.” -John Bunyan
Not that these quotations excuse my complete suckiness at prayer. But at least I’m not the only one. And these guys are the bee’s knees.
HT: Mark Jones