• Answers for the Thessalonians Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 4-5

    As an exercise, read 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 three times. Read it first as if the destruction of Jerusalem, near at hand, is in view. Read it second as if it refers to every crisis in history, when God deals with nations and cultures. Read it lastly as if it refers to the Second Coming. In terms of how you are to live today, what is the cash value? View Resource

  • Why Do God’s People Pray? Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

    Giving thanks in all circumstances does not mean that we become thrilled with the prospect of pain. Instead, it means thanking the Lord for how He uses our greatest joys and deepest hurts to make us more like Jesus. Regular prayer that thanks God in all things is the means by which we give thanks in all circumstances. Let us endeavor every day to thank the Lord for His goodness to us and the ways He uses all things for our ultimate benefit. View Resource

  • Unceasing Prayer Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 5:17

    In today’s passage the apostle Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). Many people find it hard to maintain a consistent prayer life, and so they neglect this important means of grace in the Christian journey. We all find it difficult to pray at times. Today, write out a prayer using the ACTS model or pick a Psalm to follow. Whether or not you find it hard to pray, focus on the kingdom’s advance whenever you go before the Lord. View Resource

  • Providence and Gratitude Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    The Heidelberg Catechism says that knowledge of God’s sovereign providence enables us to be thankful when things go well for us (Q&A 28). That is certainly true. However, we can also be thankful when things go ill, not because of the pain in and of itself, but because we know the Lord is working in it for His glory and our good. Let us cultivate a grateful attitude toward God, informed by the knowledge that everything is truly in His hand. View Resource