Joyful in Prayer

The Fire of Prayer

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:4-6).

Is it truly possible to rejoice in the Lord always?

Paul says twice in Philippians 4:4 that we should do this. He knows that it’s something we have to command and encourage ourselves to practice. We all struggle, and it’s not fun. But Paul sets the bar high: While in prison, he rejoiced! And then he tells us to pray about everything with thanksgiving as we present our requests to God.

Perhaps prayer is a key to the ability to rejoice always. It certainly is not easy to rejoice in certain circumstances of life, but we have a choice of how we will view those circumstances…

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