Rejoice Always, Pray Continually, and Give Thanks

Verse of the Day - Day 108

Rejoice Always, Pray Continually, and Give Thanks
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Welcome to Verse of the Day!

Today's Bible Verse:

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. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Rejoice Always, Pray Continually, and Give Thanks

This passage contains three short orders: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances ..." They are short, simple, to-the-point commands, but they tell us a great deal about the will of God in three important areas of everyday life.

The verses tell us to do three things at all times.

Now, some of us have trouble doing two things at once, let alone three things simultaneously and continually to boot. Don't worry. You won't need physical dexterity or coordination to follow these commands.

Rejoice Always

The passage begins with rejoice always. A perpetual state of rejoicing is only possible if we have the supernatural joy of the Holy Spirit bubbling up from the inside. We know that our hearts are clean and our salvation is secure because of Jesus Christ's redeeming sacrifice.

Our constant rejoicing is not dependent upon happy experiences. Even in sorrow and suffering, we have joy because all is well with our souls.

Pray Continually

Next is to pray without ceasing. Wait. Never stop praying?

Non-stop praying does not mean you will have to close your eyes, bow your head, and recite prayers aloud 24 hours a day.

Praying without ceasing means maintaining an attitude of prayer at all times—an awareness of God's presence—and staying in constant communion and close relationship with the divine giver of joy. It's a humble, devoted trust in God's provision and care.

Give Thanks in All Circumstances

And lastly, we are to give thanks in all circumstances.

Only if we believe God is sovereign in all of our affairs, can we give thanks in every situation. This command requires complete surrender and peaceful abandon to worship the God who holds every moment of our lives securely in his grip.

Unfortunately, this kind of trust does not come instinctively to most of us. Only by God's grace can we fully trust that our heavenly Father is working all things out for our good.

The Will of God for You

We often worry and wonder if we are following God's will. This passage plainly states: "This is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." So, wonder no more.

God’s will is for you to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in every circumstance.

(Sources: Larson, K. (2000). I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, Titus, Philemon (Vol. 9, p. 75). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.)