Week 23 “Pray Constantly” Day 2
Ask God to reorient you to Himself. Confess any known sin. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Be still and reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s Word. Pray for others in your life that they, too, would know and love God today.
1 Thess. 5:16-18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Continual joy, prayer, and thankfulness are linked together like the molecules that combine to make water. These three choices come together to shape a clear picture of God’s will for you. People will often search frantically to discern God’s unknown will on the particulars of their lives. Who to marry, what to do vocationally, whether to make major purchases, where to go to school, where to live, or what church to join. It is odd that sometimes these same people are not as diligent to pursue the known will of God for their lives… which is to keep on being joyful, praying, and giving thanks. This is clearly the will of God for your life. Continual joy is a by-product of living in his presence in prayer. Giving thanks in all the circumstances of your life flows naturally from living in his presence and experiencing his joy. This kind of life is available to you. You don’t have to wonder about it or say, “If it be your will, I would like to pray more, live in your joy and be thankful.” It is his will, now move more faithfully and diligently into his will for your life. You can be sure that if God is all for something, then all that remains is for us to be all for it as well. He could keep us from this kind of life, but he won’t. We can keep ourselves from this kind of life, though, and we often do. Close the gap. Move further into the will of God for your life – an ever joyful, prayerful, and thankful life.
(Personalize this prayer today; make it specific to the circumstances that face you.)
Ask God to lead you through His Spirit as you go through your day. Ask Him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today. Tell Him “Yes” to His will and ask Him for His power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask God to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today.