When we look at the word prayer, we can interpret it in many ways. Prayer to some may be just a simple ounce of hope to get us through the day or we say a few words of thanks when we gather around the dinner table with our families. Prayer though, is so much more than “Dear Jesus, thanks for this awesome fried chicken in front of me right now.” Prayer is an act of acknowledgment to our Lord and Savior above. You see, prayer is how we communicate with God. It’s impossible to have a relationship with God without talking to him. That’s why He made a way for us. Through His son, Jesus.
Today’s verse in this blog is from 1 Thessalonians 5. In three simple words it means this: Rejoice, Pray, and Give. I’m going to break down each word and use a bible reference as well as a personal reference to each word. I hope you will find some insight for your personal walk with Jesus.
Rejoice: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” Notice how this verse says the word rejoice twice. Think about that word for a second. What does it mean to you? Picture a time where something spectacular happened and you were so full of joy, you felt like you could run and dance like nobody is watching! That’s exactly what Jesus does for us! When we do something that glorifies Him the kingdom of God, He gets excited and rejoices over you! That’s what Jesus wants us to do for Him as well! It’s a two way street when it comes to Jesus! We are called to be joyful not only in the good times, but even the those harshest of storms because we should know GOD HAS GOT THIS!
Pray: Ah, there’s that word again! Pray. Now, some of you may look at that word and go “hmm..I’m not sure if praying over my food or praying before I go to sleep counts as real prayers.” The answer is YES! “And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:15. You see, prayer does not have to be this cookie cutter show for Jesus where we have to look super presentable and have a speech ready for him and memorized. No way! Jesus is so beautiful and amazing for that! We can come to him as we are and just start pouring out to him! This verse is SO awesome and describes how Jesus feels about us: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15. UHM YES! Jesus calls us our friend. That is so awesome to me! Just to know we mean that much to him and he cares for us that much.
Give: Give is such a sacrificial word. We give our time to our families, friends, jobs etc. We give our finances to our bills. We give our talents through whatever hobbies we like. But, the big question is do we give thanks to God like we should? “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Read that verse again. Notice how it says to give thanks in all circumstances. Now, these past few months I have had to give up a lot for God because I was letting my sinful desires take ahold of me. I still struggle on a day to day basis fighting back the urges of taking hold the reigns of my life when that’s God’s job. I also learned that it’s important to be thankful and patient through the tough times because God has huge plans for us, plans we can’t even begin to imagine. They will only come to action if we take the time to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks through everything. Begin tonight to ask God to show your heart. Who knows, that one simple prayer could change everything.