1 Thessalonians 5:16-18—”Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
We have all read of stories with the moral of ‘pay it forward’. It happens when does another a good deed, or a good turn, and then when the person who was helped gives thanks and offers to pay back for the help received, the good Samaritan asks them to ‘pay it forward’ to someone else who needs help instead.
In the scripture, advice is given to Believers about what is expected of us, what is good and pleasing to the Lord. We are called to: stay up alert, look for salvation with faith, love and hope, be patient with all, edify our brothers and sisters in Christ, and ‘whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him’. This means that we ought to keep alert with Jesus at the center of all our actions, thoughts, and words. When we do this, we will overflow with thanks because we will realise the enormity of what Christ has done for us. Also, we will go deeper in our relationship with God. When we are in a relationship, any relationship, the key thing that happens is communication. So, in our relationship with God also we will see a continuous sharing of words – in other words prayer.
Yes, we are meant to pray, to pray unceasingly.
What happens when we pray:
-We draw closer to God to talk to Him in our relationship several times a day.
-By being so close to God, we avoid having sin and demon activity in our day to day because where our Father is, there is no sin and no devil can come any where close.
-At times God may allow something difficult in our lives to strengthen and change us for His future plan for us. Still we will continue with our thanksgiving and prayer because we feel Him close; God stays with us.
-One of the most important things that happens is, by praying, we ready our spirit and selves to take on any evil that may be in store around the next corner or next set of time. We mitigate and have it in control or have won the victory because by being and acting like children of Light, we overcome the night that may be laid out for us.
So let’s remember to always be happy and thankful in the joy of the Lord and pray it forward!