Jan3SunJanuary 3, 2016
‘Pray Continually.’ Martin Luther, when pressed by huge volumes of work, did not use it as an excuse to stop praying, but said, ‘I have so much to do that I cannot get on without three hours a day of praying.’ The way to rejoice always is to pray continually and to have a close walk with the giver of joy. We must cultivate a spirit of constant devotion so that our lives are filled with the presence of God. Prayer is a lifting up of our hearts to God in humble submission and dependence, trusting him as our loving Father and acknowledging him as our almighty Lord. Paul is encouraging the Thessalonians to take hold of God in every situation and at all times, to draw near to him especially in times of conflict, and to develop an intimate relationship with him.
Shenton, T. (2006). Opening up 1 Thessalonians (p. 109). Leominster: Day One Publications.
My feeling is that Christians should stop worrying so much about keeping a New Year's resolution, and spend more time on actually practicing what we already know is something that God wants to change in our lives.... and we commit ourselves (in a broad way) to another year of determination to walk with God in a closer way than we did last year.