We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
—1 Thessalonians 5:12-18
by: Jasmine Lynch.
Prayer is actively communicating with God. How can one communicate without ceasing (v.17)? Communicating involves more than talking and listening: seeing God’s handiwork and responding to His creation; hearing the thunder roll; watching the lightning flash; observing a newborn bird, animal, or baby. When you acknowledge God’s work and communicate your appreciation, your fear, your adoration, your ignorance of what you see or hear, then you are praying. When you give Him thanks for everything, love your leaders, and seek peace, then you can “rejoice evermore” (v.16), knowing you are doing God’s will. The health of your church depends on your prayer ministry.