1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 is a full sentence, but it’s packed full of powerful commands:

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Today, let’s look at just the middle verse: Pray continually.

The God who made you calls you by name and invites you to come and talk to Him. And the great news is: you can talk to God at any time, no matter what you’re feeling or thinking. No part of your life scares Him.

The thought of praying continually can sometimes feel intimidating—but it wasn’t meant to be. Prayer is simply a two-way conversation with God. The more conversations you have, the more you get to know the heart of your Heavenly Father. And as you get to know His heart, you are drawn closer to Him.

Prayer also keeps us in tune with the Holy Spirit. When we pray earnestly, we create space for the Holy Spirit to speak to us. When we talk with God and draw near to Him, His Spirit makes us more aware of God’s presence and power in our lives. When we create space to listen to God, we create space to receive from Him, and remember who He is and all that He has done for us. There is little room for worry and fear when we are talking to Him about our problems, and actively giving Him our concerns.

Today, let’s posture ourselves to be in constant communication with our Heavenly Father.

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