….pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 – 18 (NKJV)
Sure –it’s Thanksgiving so I couldn’t help but comment on being Thankful even though it’s so cliché. Still, as Christians we are supposed to a thankful bunch of folks because this sort of attitude is positive and contagious. Pray without ceasing doesn’t mean always be praying – it means don’t let any activity KEEP you from praying. And “in everything give things” doesn’t mean thanking God for something awful – it means be a thankful person even in the midst of something awful. Too often we get so focused on the rough time we neglect praying and that leads to being blind to what good things God is doing around us – but being thankful opens up our hearts and that leads to prayer – and that leads to connecting to God’s power so we can endure through everything.