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)
It is God’s will that we pray always. Prayer is powerful because it moves God to act. God is ready to do many things for his people but waits for his people to pray. The reason for this is that whenever God acts, he will not allow the glory to be given to another nor will he allow us to credit fate or luck for our good outcome. Such misdirection of praise would not be the truth, for there is no such thing as fate or luck and God alone is the giver of every good gift. So God has arranged for us to pray so that we can accurately understand the source of all good blessings and return thanks. Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive.” So asking precedes receiving.
Lord, help me to become a person of prayer, laying every need at your feet and faithfully asking for what is needed according to your will. Then let me give you thanks so that you might be respectfully honored for the blessings you provide.
There are two simple applications: be faithful to ask and faithful to return thanks. Whenever you face a circumstance that needs God’s activity, be quick to ask. But then when God moves, be faithful to return thanks and praise to God that he heard your request. You might also consider keeping a book of remembrance, listing both the prayers that you offer and the answers you receive. Also, there is much more to prayer than simply asking and receiving. God desires to live in harmony with us throughout the day. Prayer sets us in a harmonious relationship where God sings the melody, the main theme, and we provide the harmony, walking alongside God’s activity. So through prayer, we can walk in close communion with God throughout the day.