Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
It is good to begin and end each day with prayer, thanking God for His love, guidance, and provision for all our needs. It is in keeping with God's will that we talk to Him also during the day for then we feel His power sustaining us. "Pray constantly," writes Saint Paul.
When we make prayer a thoughtful habit, we have the assurance of God's presence with us. He will enable us to carry on in the face of trial, to have adequate strength to lay aside our burdens and fears. God wants us to trust Him completely that He will help us meet the challenging circumstances and make them steppingstones to greater blessings in life.
As we become constant in prayer, we feel a continual flow of spiritual vitality and inspiration, for God supplies us with strength. In answer to our requests He will show us the right way to proceed. Regardless of appearances to the contrary, God answers prayer. In His love and wisdom He provides everything needful for today and the future. Having given us His Son as our Savior, He will grant also lesser gifts.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, hear our prayer as we come to You with our needs. We pray in the name of Jesus, Your Son. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials call 1-800-325-3040.)
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