THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
Key Bible Verse: Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:18)
Dig Deeper: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
God hears you, and God wants to be heard. Prayer is a relationship, and the more we pray the more we build and strengthen that relationship – through all of life.
In real relationships, we want to talk all the time, about everything. The dialogue isn’t situational, but ongoing. Like when you can’t wait to tell your significant other about something awesome or funny that happened to you. So just like we pray when life is messy, we need to pray when things are good.
Here’s Paul writing to the Christians in Ephesus again: “Therefore, I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:15-16, NKJV).
The apostle Paul is like, “Since I’ve heard about the good stuff you are doing, I’m always praying for you.” When was the last time you did that? Thought of someone who had faith in Jesus, and love for others, and then you prayed a prayer of thanks for that person? For most of us, crisis precedes prayer. A crisis is often the only reason prayer begins. if everything is smooth sailing, we think we don’t need to pray.
– Daniel Fusco in Honestly
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