For our encouragement from God’s Word today please read 1Thessalonians 5:12-28.

In 1Thes 5:16-18 we read three brief, but powerful statements.

**Rejoice always (v.16)

**Pray without ceasing (v.17)

**In everything give thanks (v.18)

In times like these we need to keep Bible truths near & dear to our hearts. I don’t think it is a coincidence that PRAYER is in the center of these verses. In order to Rejoice & give Thanks in tough times, Prayer must be central to everything we do.

Today our Governor has declared a statewide Day of Prayer in West Virginia. I trust you have already spent some extra time in Prayer today. At CLBC we usually gather on Wednesday Evening to study the Bible & Pray. Since we cannot do so tonight, let me encourage you & your family to gather at 7:00 PM in order to read Scripture together & Pray. Please Pray for the Lord heal our Land & protect our people. Ask Him to provide all that we need Spiritually, physically, emotionally & financially as individuals & as a Church. And as we bring our requests before Him let’s not forget to Rejoice & give Thanks.

Yes, by God’s Grace & Help we will get through this challenging time, but our job as His Church is to constantly enter His presence in Prayer. “PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!!

APPLICATION: How has God spoken to you through His Word today? If you have a special prayer request please text or call me at (304) 776-1619.

Have a “Prayer Filled” day!

Pastor Dave Buckley