Updated: May 22, 2020
We are in a new and exciting season, and yet a sobering one. God is calling us to a better understanding of prayer so we can be more effective. We have entered a new time, so new strategies and methods are opening to us. God is shining the light on what may have been hidden before.
Paul said, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:16,17) and, “Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart” (Phil.1:3,4).
These verses contain Kingdom Keys that unlock powerful prayer. Each of these keys flow into the next.
The Kingdom Key of thankfulness is the foundational principle found here. Thankfulness postures our hearts on the side of faith. Thankfulness makes the declaration which activates the Kingdom of Heaven on our behalf. Praying scripture is a great example of praying in a posture of thankfulness. “Jesus, I thank you that I am healed by the stripes you bore for me on the cross” (I Pet.2:24).
A thankful heart is full of joy. A joyful heart is full of strength, “The joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Rejoice always in continual thankfulness. Joy is assurance that God is good, and He is working on our behalf in every situation and every circumstance. Joy is steadfastness of heart.
How is prayer without ceasing possible? It is staying in an attitude of prayer. What is an attitude of prayer? We align our hearts in thankfulness and joy. Paul reminds us, every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. He further goes on to say, these exclamations are triggers to prayer. The next time someone crosses your mind it is not just a thought; it is a trigger to pray.
These simple Kingdom Keys of thankfulness, joy, and staying in an attitude of prayer can help transform and align our lives with Divine purpose every day.
I break out in exclamations of thanks to God every time I think of you friend!