Ordinary Prayers

Amy Clemens

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (vv. 16-18)

“Pray without ceasing” is an invitation to live out all our moments, ordinary or not, talking and listening to our Creator. When I’m in constant conversation with God, I talk about things that may seem insignificant to others. A ray of sunshine that breaks through an otherwise dreary day, a tiny flower on my walk, a phone call from one of my children, a parking space that saves time at a crowded grocery store.

You may think, “Well, it’s easy to thank God for such things.” But the ray of sunshine might be the only one I see for days, and the flower may be peeking through another Midwest winter that seems unending. The phone call was full of the tears and pain stalking my child, and the trip to the grocery store was to get a prescription for my aching back. Life is full of hardship, and Jesus owned that. “In this world you will have trouble,” he said, and then added this sunray to his cloudy comment, “But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NIV).

Paul encourages us that God’s will, in fact, is not only that we pray about everything, but gratefully so, because the very essence of each ordinary prayer is an acknowledgment that we trust in a God bigger than any need in the world. —Amy Clemens

As you pray, give thanks that every ordinary moment can be shared with the God who desires, indeed wills, such conversation.