1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 – Ole Hallesby


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Friday September 9, 2022

1 THESSALONIANS 5:17-18

Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Childlike prayer for the Spirit of prayer will little by little bring a change into our prayer life such as we had scarcely thought possible.

Without our noticing the change, prayer will become the unifying center of our busy and distracted lives.

All that we experience from day to day will draw our hearts and minds quietly and naturally toward God. A desire to speak with God about everything will arise from time to time.

The things we see and hear in connection with our dear ones, our friends, our enemies, the converted, the unconverted, in connection with things temporal and spiritual, little things and greater things, the easy and the difficult—all the observations and experiences which give form and content to our daily lives will begin in a natural and happy way to formulate themselves into prayer.

Two people who love each other have not really experienced the things of love until they have told each other of their experiences. So also in prayer. The Spirit of prayer unites your soul with God in such a way that you speak with God about your experiences even before you are through experiencing them, whether you do this only in petition, or in sighing, grieving, fervent desire, or in thanksgiving and adoration.

You will experience it as blessed release thus to be able to speak with God about everything in your daily life, especially to be able to speak with Him about it at once, while it is still warm with interest and of actual import.

It will dawn on you more and more that prayer is the most important task in which you engage. And that you cannot employ your time to better advantage than in prayer, either while you are resting or while you are working.

Wherever you are!

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O. Hallesby, God’s Word for Today: A Daily Devotional for the Whole Year, trans. Clarence J. Carlsen (Augsburg, 1994)
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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