The third tid‑bit of wisdom which Paul admonishes the Thessalonian Believers to incorporate into a daily lifestyle while they await the return of the Lord Jesus Christ is to pray continually.
The Bible indicates that prayer is as important to your soul as air is to your lungs. If I were to ask you this evening, "Is prayer fundamental to a believer's spiritual life?" I am sure I would receive a resounding AYes@ from every one of you. Yet, if many believers were honest with themselves, they would have to admit that if they breathed air as inconsistently as they prayed, they would suffocate!
In relation to our text this evening I want to leave you with three thoughts. The first is this:
II Cor. 10:3-4 "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds."
How the churchCthe people of GodCneeds to experience a revival in their prayer lives! Paul says, "Pray. Continually." Many believers face extremely difficult situations in life because of neglected prayer. We either pray too little or too late or not at all.
There are so many infinite discoveries to be made in life when we pray continually and begin to see our life through God's eyes. A.B. Simpson, a great preacher early in this century, wrote: "Our God has boundless resources. The only limit is in us. Our asking, our thinking, our praying are too small. Our expectations are too limited."
I want to challenge you this evening to begin having a regular devotional time with God this week. For many you are going to have to work at finding time to pray. Satan will not give in easily. His desire for your life is that you continue as isCout of touch and out of fellowship with God. God's desire is to be found and worshiped. If you diligently seek His face this week you will find Him and your prayers will be like the sweet smell of incense to Him!