1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Verse 16 and 17 are some of the easiest verses to remember.

Vs 16 -> Rejoice always. Vs 17 -> Pray continually. 

This passage is what I like to call the Big 3. Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances. 

It’s the Big 3 because they are all God’s will for your life. Have ever wondered what God’s will is for your life? – well, here they are. But people respond with “What I really want to know about God’s will is what I am meant to do”.  Yes, I know and still, here they are… What God wants you to do is this – rejoice always; pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances.

Our problem is when we say we want to know God’s will, what we are really saying is “I want to know what shall I do with my life?”

The world strives after success and accomplishment chasing comfort and convenience. God’s will is all about what is happening within you. Paul said the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). In other words, it is what is happening on the inside of you, not the outside. 

And these three powerful commands are given by Paul -> “Rejoicing”, “Prayer” and “Thanksgiving” are the triangular pattern of the spirit that produces the will of God in your life.

When you pray and carry a heart of thanksgiving it will produce the spirit of joy to rise up within. But the Scriptures also reveal it produces the will of God in your life. It’s not about trying to “work out” what the will of God is, in your head – prayer, thanksgiving and joy will naturally cause God’s will to be “worked out” in your life – it will flow out of your spirit. 

Now that’s powerful!

I love to rise early in the morning to simply pray and thank Jesus on a daily basis and it is amazing how the plans and purposes of God just seem to fall into place. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are – whether good or bad, everything eventually falls into line with the will of God and He gets all the praise and glory.

Focus on those daily routines of life, like prayer, joy, and thanksgiving, rather than the results of life. Wind, rain, hail, or sunshine, just keep the routine going and miracles will happen!

Pastor Wayne Simpson


The pattern of the spirit is prayer, thanksgiving and joy.