Pray and Give Thanks Even in Difficult Times?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

In this particular scripture verse we are being told by the Apostle Paul to rejoice no matter what, to pray all day and all night, give thanks in bad times, all because this is what God wants us to do. This is an almost impossible feat as who can give thanks in all circumstances and pray non stop. However, notice that the word “in all circumstances” is used instead of “for all circumstances”. When we keep in mind that what we go through, even the difficult circumstances, could have good come from them, then we can think to thank God. Thank God though not for the bad that just occurred or that has been occurring but for being there for us through it and for helping to bring good from it. There is a phrase, “Fake it until you make it”, well this scripture verse is similar to having this mindset. The Law of Attraction’s main suggestion is to “act as if”, just like what Paul is telling us here in this verse. In order to have the correct mindset in life it is necessary to focus on God and continually pray (communicate silently and out loud) to Him all the time in all situations. When we pray for something and we don’t get what we prayed for, we need to think it could be for our best. We need to thank God “in” this circumstance and “pray continually” for God’s will. An example would be getting stuck in traffic, maybe you were just saved from something bad, there is no way to know what the big picture is in life. Our happiness needs to come from our relationship with God not our circumstances in life. Of course, circumstances can make us happy, but when we encounter circumstances that do not make us happy, what do we have? We have God! God will bring good into your life if you allow Him and you follow His will.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” May all of Faith and Encouragement’s friends have a blessed Thanksgiving and know that you are never alone in this life if you have God! Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

1 Thessalonians (the First Epistle(letter) is part of the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is believed to have been written by the Apostle Paul, some scholars believe Timothy and Silas are co-authors. It was written about 20 years after the death of Jesus Christ and the message is addressed to the church in Thessalonica, Greece (a church founded by Paul).

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