Steps to Praying – Part 3

Rejoice 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

This is the third part of thoughts on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. We talked about what prayer is and how to pray, and now we come to how to apply it to our lives.

Daily Practice:

Integrating these directives into our daily lives can transform our outlook and experience. Regular reminders and intentional practices can help cultivate a lifestyle of joy, constant prayer, and gratitude.

Community Impact:

When practiced collectively, these attitudes can significantly impact a Christian community, fostering an environment of encouragement, support, and spiritual vitality. Find a prayer partner that you can pray with daily or at least once a week. Find a prayer group. If your church does not have one, start one. Ask a few people to join you. Decide on a time and place. It could be before or after church each week. There are several conference call services. Some charge a small fee, others are free. One that I use is It is much like Zoom except only audio. You can even use

Spiritual Growth:

These verses encourage personal spiritual growth, guiding us to deepen our relationship with God and develop a resilient, faith-filled perspective.

Overall, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 offers concise yet profound guidance for living a spiritually rich and fulfilling Christian life.

–Diane (

Written by Diane Levy

Steps to Praying – Part 2

The Desire of God’s Heart