Last night John and I studied 1 Thess. 5:12-22
He pointed out:
16 Rejoice (be glad) always;
17 pray without ceasing;
18 in everything give thanks
He went on to explain that it's hard to have all three: rejoice, prayer and thanks, in everything and all situations.
When things are going well it's easy to rejoice and be thankful, but we may forget prayer because all is running smooth.
If we're walking through a tough situation it may be hard to be thankful. If we have unmet expectations we may have a hard time rejoicing, but we're good at praying for what we want.
It was a good reminder to be glad always, pray continually and have a thankful heart!