“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers…”
The Gospel team gave thanks “always.” Paul’s Gospel team constantly gave thanks for God’s work through others. This will deliver us from much discouragement. All of us have many discouraging things come our way.
Lu 18: 1 “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.”
We need to stay in constant communication with God in prayer.
APPLICATION: The gospel team sometimes did not take time to dial; the receiver was off the hook much of the time. They had a good connection to Heaven. They were in constant close communication with the Throne Room.
1 Sa 12: 23 “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.”
Ps 55: 17 “Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.”
Ps 119: 164 “Seven times a day I praise You,
Because of Your righteous judgments.”
Ro 12: 12 “…rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer…”
Ep 6: 18 “…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…”
Co 4: 2 “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving…”
Co 4: 12 “Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”
1 Th 5: 17 “…pray without ceasing…”