Pray Continually!

     Good morning everyone! I would like to let you know how much you all mean to me.  Everyone of you faithful readers has a special place in my heart.  It makes me happy to know that lives are being changed through our Savior Jesus Christ.  We serve an amazing God!  What is interesting and most astonishing to me is that he continues to bless each of our lives in ways we that seem unimaginable.  Thank You all for your dedication to God!  In this world it isn’t easy living the Christian lifestyle, but it is the only way for me.

     Today’s post was inspired by a reading in (1 Thessalonians – 5:16-18)

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

     The apostle Paul established the church in Thessalonica about A.D.51 during his second missionary trip there.  He wrote this letter a short time later to encourage the young believers there.  He wanted to assure them of his love for them, for their faithfulness during persecution, and to remind them of their hope- the sure return of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

     You  have to remember that (Saul) the apostle Paul wasn’t always on the up and up.  He persecuted Christians, and he oversaw the stoning of the profit Stephen.  All this changed on the road to Damascus.  (Saul) Paul was heading from Jerusalem to Damascus to go capture Christians there to persecute them.  Then on that road to Damascus he had an encounter with Jesus himself.  A bright light enveloped him and his followers.  He heard the voice of Jesus saying, ” Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”  Who are you Lord?  Saul asked.  “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:3-6)

     What it all boils down to is this:  Jesus made an immediate change in the apostle Paul’s life.  Paul continued on to Damascus.  When he got there he wasn’t there to capture Christians and persecute them.  He was there to preach the Gospel message of Jesus Christ!  The encounter with Jesus changed Paul’s life, and it will change your life also if you let Him!

Jesus Loves You!

     Let’s go back to the verses from 1 Thessalonians :  “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  What does this have to do with me and my life?  These verses speak volumes in thanksgiving and gratitude.  No matter where you are in your life physically or spiritually there is one fact that you can count on.  Jesus is alive and well.  He is waiting for you to turn to Him.

     Whether you are in poor health on your death bed, or in good health.  Whether you are in poverty or you are rich.  Whether you are spiritually bankrupt or have a relationship with Jesus.  These verses apply to you and your daily lives.  You may be trapped in the throws of addiction or sexual immorality.  Jesus can restore you!  He restored me!  I can only tell you of what he did for me through my testimony.  He restored (Saul) the apostle Paul.

     Isaiah 1:18-20  “Come now, let us settle the matter says the Lord.  Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.  If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land, but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.”  For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

      It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past.  The vile and hideous things of the darkness will be brought into the light.  God knows what you’ve done, and He is willing to forgive you of your sins if you repent and turn away from them.  He loves you more than you can ever imagine.  You are I are His children.  So begin by rejoicing in that fact!  Pray continually that The Holt Spirit will lead, guide, and protect you.  Give thanks in all circumstances!  Whether bad or good because God is with you always!   He will never leave you or forsake you!

     Remember that God has a plan for your life, and that you are priceless in His eye’s.  Don’t let the world or the devil tell you any different.  You are royalty.  Jesus is the king of king’s and Lord of Lord’s!  Jesus is God which means if you have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior.  You are royalty!  You will live with Him forever in Heaven.

     We can go directly to God himself in prayer whenever we want!  Rejoice in that fact!  When Jesus died the veil to the Holiest of Holy in the temple was ripped.  We have access to the creator of all things 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year!!  So I urge you to pray continually!!  Jesus is your friend, father, master, redeemer, he is your salvation!  Come to him with your sins and ask for forgiveness.  Repent and turn away from the death and destruction of sin, and living a selfish lifestyle.  Remember the verses in Isaiah.  Read and reread them.  Memorize them.

     Praying isn’t hard to do.  It is possible to pray and thank God continually throughout the day.  I do it all the time.  This will strengthen your relationship with Jesus, and this is one of the most powerful things that you can do.  Praying to honor and acknowledge God for who he is becoming in your life is called adoration.  We adore our God.  Through prayer we confess our sins and ask God’s forgiveness from those sins.  This is called confession.  We thank God continually for His son Jesus, and for what he is doing in our lives.  This is thanksgiving.  Then finally we let our petitions known to God.  This is known as supplication.  We are asking God to supply our daily needs.

       Praying takes discipline.  Remember who you are talking to.  He is the God and creator of all things.  He deserves and commands our respect and honor.  He loves you more than you will ever know!!  If you are confused about something ask God.  If you are facing trials in your life and don’t know where to turn. Ask God!  If you are experiencing great success in your life Thank God!!   If you want to deepen your relationship with God and don’t know how, ask God!  He is always by your side!!

      I want to Thank You for taking the time to drop by and share this post with me.

      May God Bless You and Keep You————–Your Brother in Christ————————Matthew J. Leiker