We know that the practice of prayer is an indispensable and key ingredient of the spiritual walk of faith.
We are urged in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, in the New Testament, to “rejoice always; pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
The Word is clear, but there are challenges that come with living in a secular and sometimes crazy world.
When the world is out of balance it is easy to be carried away with fear, anger, and depression. “How can these things be?” We may ask, “What makes people do and say the things they do?” “If only I could give them a piece of my mind”, we may say, “I feel so discouraged today”. Of course, these are normal and very human questions and feelings.
But, regardless of the current state of affairs in our society, we are instructed to pray in all circumstances, easy or difficult, in order to act in response to negative occurrences and thereby replace fear with faith, sadness with joy, grief with comfort and anger with peace of mind and spirit.
How do you handle yourself in challenging times?