Pray without ceasing
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
When is the best time to pray? Pray at all times, in all circumstances. We are to pray in the Spirit at all times. “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:18). Prayer is proper in all seasons of life and at all times during the day. Every believer is called upon to pray when things are good, and when they’re bad, during times of tragedy, and in times of triumph. Have you ever thought how you could pray like this? The problem is that this command runs contrary to human nature. When things are not working well and we are not getting our way, we complain. There was this husband that bought a new pair of eyeglasses for his wife as a gift. He was excited to give it to his wife until one day he went to the optical store where he bought the eyeglasses and he was returning and was asking for a refund. The optometrist asked if there was something wrong with the glasses. The man responded that everything was wrong in the glasses because his wife cannot see things his way clearly. From the text, God is commanding His children to be joyful, prayerful, and thankful to whatever things come their way. When God is at the center of your life, there will be no legitimate reason to not obey His command even when things are not happening your way. When Christ is at the center of your life, you will find yourself wanting to talk to Him in every situation and circumstance. Praying to God in all circumstances is an act of faith. God’s will for you is to grow in your trust in Him. Whether you are experiencing good times or difficult times, obey His command and anticipate the change that will take place in your life. You will discover a different kind of joy that is not dependent on circumstances. You will learn to count your blessings and have a great appreciation of having a constant communion with God. Also, you will know what it means to experience real contentment. “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ,[d] who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12-13).