Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 New King James Version
As you may have noticed from previous blogs, I am not much in to picking apart Bible verses and giving you a play by play of what they mean. I usually share a story from my life and use my God-given ability of finding a Bible passage that goes with it. I can think of countless life experiences that go with this particular verse from the New Testament, but today, for a change of pace, I’m going to analyze it.
OK, I hope you saw right through that. Like I could ever analyze anything in the Bible. But I am going to go as far as giving this sort of passage a name. A sandwich.
I love the “rejoice always” and the “in everything give thanks”. Those are such important words, instructions from God. For me, they are like pieces of fresh whole wheat bread, spread with Miracle Whip. It is not truly a sandwich without the bread. The thinly sliced turkey? That would be the “pray without ceasing”.
Those three words compose one of my favorite verses. I may not be able to do much. I am not about to preach to the masses. I feel uncomfortable sharing my faith with a stranger. I cannot heal disease with the touch of my hands. But you know what I can do? I can pray.
I have prayed day and night. I have prayed on my knees and in the fetal position. I have prayed in my closet and in the bathroom. And that’s all that God asks. That I pray continually, conversing with Him constantly, keeping Him close every minute of every day.
Dear God, Heavenly Father, my prayers may not be the most eloquent, but Lord, you know that my words come from my heart. You know my prayers before I even say them, and yet it brings You joy to hear my simple words, to know that I want You as part of my life. Father, I know You hear my every prayer and that You answer my every request. And I humbly accept that Your answer may not always be the one that I want. Amen