Which is the more important question – Did I lose my job today, or how is it going with the gospel? Is a member of my family in the hospital, or how is it going with the gospel? Is my teenager causing trouble at home, or how is it going with the gospel? Did I make the team, or how is it going with the gospel? Paul found joy in the midst of his difficulty because he had no agenda other than the exaltation of Jesus Christ in and through his life whether by life or by death. This is radical stuff. Proceed with caution.
When listing the things that give you joy or that you do with joy or that you just can’t wait to do, does prayer make the list? If we can learn to pray with joy, the days of being begged or guilted into praying will be over. So, the question of the day is this: How do I find joy in praying? Paul, a man who found joy in prayer, answers that question.