KEY SCRIPTURE :1Thessalonians 5:16 KJV Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
In the above key scripture, we have three major instructions that I believe if effectively employed, nothing should be able to discourage you.
These scriptural instructions are as follows
2. Pray always.
3.Thank God always
We considered the first instruction in our earlier discussion on this topic. We now consider praying always.
The Lord says pray without ceasing. Praying always builds up confidence in God. Praying always in the spirit builds up one’s spiritual stature. Jude 1:20 KJV “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost”, A man who has built up his spiritual stature has great dominance on natural events and happenings. Please understand that just as we have the physical body, we also have a spirit nature, which is built up through consistent prayer.
Many get discouraged due to challenges that appear unsurmountable. The Lord Jesus assured us in Matthew 7:7 that “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” The Lord added that those who ask receive, those who seek find, and to those who knock , the door is opened unto them. He assures us to call upon him, and He would answer, and show us great and mighty things that we do not know (Jeremiah 33:3) Everyone who ask in childlike faith receives, bringing glory to God. The Lord Jesus knew that, the only way to fulfill his mission on the earth was to consistently pray. He encountered contradiction of sinners yet he prevailed (Heb 12:3).
PRAYER SETS up a legal channel for God to come into the affairs of men. The posture of prayer is a demonstration of man’s dependence on God. Luke 18:1 KJV” And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Many of the oppositions that come up against us are mostly demonic oriented. They would normally require God’s power to totally stop them. Do not wait for problems to entangle you, before you start praying. Make prayer your lifestyle.
I have committed myself to a life of prayer. I pray without ceasing. God my father helps me out of various situations in my life and therefore do not get discouraged about those situations.
Hebrews 5:7 KJV” Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;”
Luke 22:46 KJV “And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation”.