This sermon was based on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18.
Final Instructions & Benediction
12We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
- Prayer is like a life-support machine.
- Constant prayer keeps us tapped into the source of all our joy.
- We need to treat our mind as a fortress – taking every thought captive. Prayer is one of the key defences that we have.
- Constant prayer requires a mental shift from self-reliance to dependency on God.
- We need to make God our first thought.
- Often we can believe the lie that God isn’t listening.
- We can do nothing apart from Jesus.
- God’s presence is so weighty that everything else falls away when we see his glory.
- Praying without ceasing means praying over and over and often.
- Spontaneous prayer flows from a foundation of regular prayer – sometimes you need to plan to be spontaneous.
- We can pray for God to give us an inclination towards Him – the more we pray, the more we sense the need for prayer.
- We can pray that we see the gold in the word and the world.
- We can pray that we find satisfaction and delight in God’s presence.