Monday Week 3

This week, our goal is to work on developing the habit and discipline of a full and regular prayer life. An important part of this is learning to begin the day with a focused and thoughtful time with God. However, the habit of prayer is not just about doing a “quiet time” each morning (or each evening). Paul says:

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

Paul urges us to talk to God in all kinds of different ways: rejoicing, asking, giving thanks. But he doesn’t have in mind a structured prayer time. This is about seeking and striving to develop a life of constant communion with him. God’s will for you is to live prayerfully.

Living prayerfully does not mean saying long, complicated prayers as you buy your groceries. There are many prayers of just a few words in Scripture: “Lord, help me!” (Matt. 15:25), “God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Lk. 18:13), and “Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).

Spend a few moments reading and reflecting on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Think about what your day will hold today (or tomorrow): the people you will be with, the situations you will encounter. With each one, imagine yourself rejoicing to God; or asking God for yourself or for the other person; or thanking God. Imagine a day of living prayerfully.

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To finish today, take some time to memorise 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:

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

During the day, keep saying 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 to yourself, and look for things to rejoice about, ask for, and thank God for. You might also like to choose a favourite Christian song to sing to yourself during the day.

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