It’s a 24/7 Thing
Sir Godfrey Gregg
16 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Three great verses! If you need to start a scripture memory program, start with these. Two words, three words, four words, and a reason; it’s easy to remember… but hard to live out.
In each of these verses we find an all-inclusive word or phrase. In verse 16, you see the word “always”, in verse 17 it is “without ceasing” and in verse 18 it is “in everything”. There is no time left out of “always”, there is complete effort in “without ceasing”, and nothing excluded from “in everything”. These words and phrases are descriptors of our relationship with the LORD God.
Christians sometime feel their relationship with God takes place on Sunday mornings. I call that dating. If you really have a relationship with God, it’s a 24/7 thing (non stop). Your sleep at night, when you awake in the morning, breakfast, the commute, work, lunch, the drive home, dinner, family time, leisure, IT IS ALL IMPORTANT in your relationship with God. Why? Because God cares. When you look for His hand ALWAYS, when you ask His direction WITHOUT CEASING, when you thank Him IN EVERYTHING, IT IS LIFE CHANGING! God wants a 24 hours and 7 days a week relationship with you, do you want that with Him?
So, you ask, “Where do I start?” Here is a suggestion, memorize these verses. It’s simple, put them on a card and place it where you will see it regularly (refrigerator, mirror, by your computer, on the dash of your car, in your purse, your desk or computer at work). Make it the screen saver on your computer or smartphone. Remember that God is ALWAYS listening, directing, and giving. It’s a 24/7 thing!
Make a list of 10 reasons why you are thankful to God.
Over the next 7 days my brethren, practice having a running conversation with God in prayer throughout the day, as if He were physically present with you in your daily activities.