EntrepreneurialSpirit Series – Pray Without Ceasing

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

We have to recognize that Christ paid the ultimate price and He did it all for us. Now it’s up to us to incorporate a simple three step plan for handling anything that life throws at us.

1) Rejoice  – This seems like a pretty odd request particularly when we are going through what might actually be the worst period of our lives. When things get tough; money gets tight; health fails; loved ones move on; jobs get elaminated  and  a whole host of negative curve balls that life throws us.   We need to praise God .  Just like He’s mighty when we are prospering, He’s mighty when we experience setbacks.  He’s worthy of the praise for all the things that he’s already done.  Do we actually believe to old church sentiment that if He never did another thing for us we would still be satisfied? This is because Christ made the ultimate sacrifice and every need and desire pales in  omparison.

2) Pray – If we need or desire something we ought to pray instead of worrying. It turns out that the majority of the things we fret about never come to pass and the ones that do aren’t impossible to manage.  In  our imaginations we make things far worse than they actually are. That’s why if we pray first, we will have the presence of mind and the wisdom of God to face difficult situations head on.  The energy that we use up focusing on failure could be put to good use strengthening our prayer lives. Since Jesus already did it alll, we should behave in a way that suggests that we know we have overcome.

3) Be thankful – We need to get into a posture of thankfulness before we begin to see the shift in our favor. If we embrace the ultimate reversal of fortune as a foregone conclusion, we may just see miraculous break throughs. Jesus did It all for me and you and every one who will confess Him as Lord.   Without strong faith that even the most dismal situation can be turned around, we aimlessly walk around with a dark cloud hanging overhead. The moment we acknowledge that the power that is in us is of God, we will recognie that that power is greater than anything that could potentially hold us back.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

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