” Rejoice always,  pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV


Read:  1Thessalonians 5:12-28


Years ago, there was a popular song about thanking GOD for unanswered prayers.  Thinking back, I too can remember times I asked GOD for something that I did not need or it was not the time to ask.   You probably can remember times you are also thankful for those times it seemed GOD did not answer your prayers.


Have you told GOD ‘thank you’ for protecting you when you thought HE did not answer your prayer request?    If not, isn’t it time?


How about all those times GOD did clearly answer your prayers?   It may have been when you were waiting for medical test results and all turned out O.K.  Or, when you prayed for a new job and GOD provided.  Maybe, you were praying for the safety of someone else; your son in a battle torn part of the world or a child’s misguided choices.


Prayer is your daily lifeblood.   Your life will be so much better, even easier when you spend time with your LORD.   You may have a long list of things are asking GOD for or you may be asking for HIS guidance in a situation.  No matter the reason you are in prayer, always…always…start with a sincere, obedient ‘thank you’.  How do you feel when someone tells you ‘thank you’?   Imagine how GOD must feel when you thank HIM for all your answered prayers and unanswered prayers.   Yes, even those unanswered prayers were HIS answers.


If you are ever unsure of GOD’S answers to your prayers…listen and HE will tell you.


Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for all of YOUR answers to my prayers.   Help me to understand with clarity YOUR answers to all I ask and to know that unanswered prayers are truly answered.  Amen.”