Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, NIV 1984)

My Musings – Linchpin, the most important member of a group or part of a system, that holds together the other members or parts or makes it possible for them to operate as intended.

Always joyful? Impossible! Thankful no matter what? Preposterous! Impossible and preposterous? It is if you miss the linchpin that holds these two thoughts together — Pray continually. Coincidence that it is the middle thought of the three? Not likely.

My Advice – Lost your joy? Pray. Not feeling too thankful? Pray. The next thought in the text? “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19, NIV 1984). One needs to stoke (poke, stir-up, feed) a fire. How? Pray.

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