Rejoice. Always.

“Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” Satchel Paige, 1974

Being consistent in your prayer life can be hard. I know that it is something I have been struggling with a lot. Like the above quote implies; we need to pray when the going is good as well as when it is rough. I know and understand that the Lord hears my prayers; He has proven Himself to me so many times. I know that I am very guilty of what the quote implies. When life is going good, I realize now that I do not go to my Lord in prayer as often as I should. As I encounter events in my life that find me desperate for comfort, I notice that I am very quick to run to my Lord. I am both ashamed and glad to say that. I am so thankful that I do have a Savior that I can go to in times of need. He asks us to come to Him and make our request known to Him.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6).
I find myself feeling ashamed as I run to God with my requests because I know that I have neglected Him when the going was good. I was doing everything on my own. As soon as trials came along I needed and searched for something that would comfort me; naturally I run to God, He is always there for us.
Recently I have found myself in a place where I feel so disconnected from God. I accept that I am the only one at fault for this. I am finding it so hard to trust God, to believe that He has everything in His hands. I constantly catch myself trying to get through everything on my own. And I have had to remind myself time and time again that I need to Rejoice always. In times of goodness and in times of trial; I need to always trust and Rejoice in the Lord.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
I can not honestly say that I am rejoicing always for the things that I am going through. It is my greatest desire to achieve that mindset. I know that God is for me, and that He is leading me on a path that is the best for me. I cannot see where I am going, nor can I understand why I am going there; but one day when I stand with my Jesus I will look back and see that long road; a road that has many smooth stretches, but there are times when the road looks rough and hard to get through, but I will look at my Savior and thank Him for every mile He lead me through.

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