Pray Without Ceasing

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Mom can I have something to eat?

Dad can I go to the park?

Mum can I play video games?

If you’re a parent you know the kids can come with constant requests and demands.

Mom! Dad! Mom! Dad! Can I? Can I? Can I?

Times it’s overwhelming. I wonder how God feels. Does God get sick of hearing our requests? Does he get fed up with hearing what we’re concerned about and the things that we want to do and achieve?

No he doesn’t. In fact in First Thessalonians Chapter 5 God caused Paul to write this:

Rejoice always pray without ceasing in everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing. God wants you to come to him at any time with any request with whatever’s on your mind. He promises to hear you and to work what is best for you.

Just as a parent doesn’t always say ‘yes’ to all of those demands that the kids make so too God doesn’t always say ‘yes’ because God knows that not everything we want is good for us. Here Paul tells us that in Christ Jesus God hears our prayers. And it’s God’s will that we pray to Him. In Christ Jesus is a promise that God will work all things for our good.

When you have questions about if God really loves you and cares for you look at what he did in Christ Jesus. He took away all of your sins. Jesus suffered and died in payment for them. And God raised him from the dead so that you can know there’s a place in heaven just for you. If God loves you in Christ Jesus, then you can be assured that he hears your prayers and will give you what is truly best for you.

So pray without ceasing. Come to the Lord at all times assured of his love and mercy in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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