God's Love

"We give thanks to God always for you all,
making mention of you in our prayers;
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith,
and labor of love, and patience of hope
in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God."
1Thessalonians 1:2-4
Paul never forgot the Thessalonians. They were good friends whom he remembered with fondness. They were an intimate part of his prayer life. He needed to thank God for them and pray God's continued blessing on them.

A wonderful thing happens when you praise or thank someone for something they did for you. Praise adds to their spirit. People just seem to grow and blossom when they are praised and thanked. Haven't you felt the same way about someone who thanked or praised you? Now, don't you think we are justified in believing that God feels something of the same; although in a grander and nobler way, when His children praise and thank him?

"Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1Thessalonians 5:17,18). 
Many people believe that prayer is for emergencies only ... for communication with God in times of trouble. We may pray fervently in times of distress, but we forget to talk with God when our lives are going well. Believers ought to remain in the attitude of prayer though not always praying audibly.

"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him"
(Matthew 6:6-8).
I believe the principle here is that the believer should not make a show of his prayer nor of the answers he receives to prayer in such a way as to call unnecessary attention to himself. Prayer in the life of the true believer is an act of total confidence and assurance in the plan and purpose of God.

"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered"
(Romans 8:26).
 This describes our relationship to God by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit works on our behalf, a relationship with the Father so our unspoken prayers are before the Father's throne even before we speak them, or even before we are aware of our needs.
"In ways that cannot be known, with groanings which cannot be uttered," the Spirit brings before the throne of a gracious and merciful God all our cares and concerns.

"And he (Jesus) was withdrawn from them (his disciples) about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done"
(Luke 22:41,42).
 God encourages us to bring all our requests to Him. He desires that we accept His will according to His Word as we pray. When our will comes into line with His, as it does when we pray,
"Not my will, but Thine, be done," our lives are altered in a fundamental way.

In EVERY THING, the Christian is to give thanks to God for the good He brings, even though sometimes unpleasant. The constant attitude of prayer will help the believer to maintain gratitude in the face of adversity.

Passages on Prayer throughout the Bible are too numerous to mention. These were just a select few. Another favorite of mine is in the Book of Psalm, chapters 20 & 21. Please take time to read how Jesus prays to the Father.

The process of prayer is the heartbeat of our faith in our Lord. Is your will and desires in line with God's Word for your life?
Make it a major part of your prayer life to submit your will, and then your actions, to His Word.

I have written a little poem on praying. Please use this in your own words for the closing prayer for today's inspiration.

Each day take the time to pray
  And thank Him up above
For every thing He sends your way;
  His unconditional love.
Just ask for His forgiveness
  For wrong doings you have done,
And let His Spirit guide you
  As you follow Christ, His Son.

I would rather talk to Jesus
Each and every single day,
And know my life's secure with Him
In heaven there one day;
Than live a life without Him here
And never speak a word,
To only end up hearing Him say,
"My child, I've never heard!"


"Lord Dictated Them"



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