Psalm 145:13 says, “The Lord always keeps His promises. He is gracious in all He does.” How can we gain access to God’s promises? It requires two acts of faith -- prayer and worship.
1 Thess. 5:16-18 says, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances.”
Why does God instruct us to do these things? Contrary to the popular belief of some parents, this does not follow the track that if we annoy God enough He’ll eventually do what we ask. The concept of praying without ceasing is not some daunting task that we are to continually move our mouths with utterances and prayers and blah blah blahs.
First and foremost, God simply wants us to remain in an attitude and spirit of prayer all day, every day. In everything we do, every activity we enjoy, every meal we eat, and everything we say, do so in an attitude of prayer. Secondly, God doesn’t want us to give up when we don’t receive an answer right away. In a culture and society where instant gratification is everyone’s highest priority and the “vending machine” mentality is at its cusp, waiting patiently for something we want is almost non-existent. But God wants us to press in, to go deeper. Phil. 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, with prayer, petition, and thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Paul knew that it would be easy to throw in the towel when we don’t get an answer right away. This is why he encourages us to petition God, to pray fervently, passionately, and without ceasing.
The verse “never stop praying” is preceded by “always be joyful.” And the verse afterwards says to “be thankful in all circumstances.” In receiving everything God has promised us, being joyful and praying continually need to be followed up with thanksgiving. This is where the worship part comes in.
Worship, partnered with prayer and joy, is essential in connecting us with all God has promised us. God will manifest Himself in direct proportion to our passion for Him. When life throws us a curveball, many times we are quick to point the finger at God. Or maybe we recognize that God is trying to teach us something, help us grow, or draw us closer to Christ. Regardless of where we find ourselves in these circumstances, we must choose to rejoice in the fact that God is at work in our lives, to pray fervently and passionately for Him to move in a mighty way, and worship Him for who He is. Only then will we see His promises take shape.