“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”(1 Thes. 5:16-18 NASB)
We live in a fast paced society. We want everything now. We don’t like to wait. A business is considered “customer friendly” if it can deliver the needs of their customer in record time. And we love it. We are treated as if we matter. And if we don’t get what we want, in a timely manner, we’ll just take our business elsewhere. We hold the power because we hold the money. If we are not completely satisfied, we move on.
Our thinking has to be completely reversed when we consider God’s timing. He’s not in a hurry. He doesn’t have customers to satisfy. And He certainly doesn’t bow down to our demands. But we demand anyways. We become discouraged easily. And we are tempted to walk away when things are hard. I admit it; there have been times I’ve thrown my hands up in frustration wondering where God is. I’ve pleaded for relief. I’ve begged for reassurance. After my tantrum, God comes quietly to remind that He has not forgotten. He is still working even when I don’t see. His work takes time because He works everything out perfectly.
In our scripture today, Paul encourages believers to “pray without ceasing”. Paul knew there was power in prayer. He knew that the enemy was constantly battling to discourage and dissuade believers. He knew the war was a fierce one and believers need to push through. We can’t give up on the calling of God. If He has called us to pray about something or for someone, we can’t give up. We have to persevere. We have to stay strong.
I encourage you today to remain faithful in prayer. If the answer isn’t coming, don’t be discouraged because God is working. You may not see it. You may not feel it. But if He has laid something on your heart, pray. There is a battle going on that you cannot see and God uses prayer warriors to fight the battle with Him. So pray and don’t stop until you see the hand of God and the blessing of His answer.
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