“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB
Finding things to pray about is not hard. There is always something going on in us, through us, or around us to ask God to tend. Finding things to pray about is easy. It only requires us to open our eyes.
Rejoicing always? Giving thanks in all things? That appears way harder than it is because our eyes are too readily opened to and focused on the need. Rejoicing always, with thankfulness in all things, requires us to make our eyes glance at the problem, then focus on the Lord, and, with that focus, to OPEN OUR HEARTS.
We open our hearts to God, so we may know how great He is and how He loves us. We open our hearts with faith that trusts His faithfulness and His purposes. We open our hearts to the greatness of His name – expressive of His character, His nature,M; to the assurance of His truth, and the power of His word. When our eyes focus on these things with open hearts to our God and His grace sufficient for us, rejoicing with thanksgiving in the midst of EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE is easy.
Look up, Beloved, and open wide to Him who loves you, knowing that He truly cares for you personally, affectionately, and watchfully. Now, REJOICE!