“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
It may be laid down as an axiom that whatever our Heavenly Father has promised us in His word we may pray for, as we feel it to represent our needs. If Jesus has said, “Him who comes to Me I will in no way cast out,” that is sufficient ground for one who has not found pardon, to ask and receive it. If the inspired apostle says, “This is the will of God, ever your sanctification,” the Christian may and ought to pray for sanctification . . .If we are told that Jesus carried our sorrows as well as our sins, we should, in prayer give Him our sorrows as well as our sins. If we are told to cast all our care upon Him because He cares for us, we should do it. If we are commanded to “Rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks,” we should pray for that state of mind and heart, in which God’s grace may enable us to do so.
- Dougan Clark
If we would “rejoice evermore” there must be as much praising as praying.