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 NLT)
Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands—be joyful, never stop praying, and be thankful—often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God’s will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful.
Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul said that believers should never stop praying. A Christian’s persistence is an expression of faith that God answers prayer. Faith shouldn’t die if the answers come slowly, for the delay may be God’s way of working his will. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering—in ways that he knows are best.(Tyndal study Bible)
It’s the little things we overlook. I wake each morning and tend to overlook the things that we should be grateful. We tend to complain easily. Rather than be joyful over what we have, with a thankful heart. Then, you will stop overlooking things.
Persistence is key. Have you met a Christian? Have you noticed how persistent they are in what they believe? We will never give up on a lost soul. To achieve in life, you have to be persistent, no matter what you do. All the successful people I know are persistent. Yes, and sometimes success comes slowly, just persist. If at first you don’t succeed, try again, never stop trying. A loser quits. So persist being Joyful, Prayerful and Thankful in all circumstances. The mental and material rewards will be great.
“Lord I pray you never make me stop praying. Make me persistent in Jesus name. Amen.”