These words are true in all situations, and the only strength that we have to carry them out is from the Lord. The Apostle Paul desires that all of Christ's people may rejoice in all things -- even things that seem to be trivial. He wants us to pray without ceasing, for the Father hears us and is ready and willing to help us. It is good for us to pray in a spirit of thanksgiving for the good times that we enjoy, and we should certainly ask Him for help in bad and difficult times. We can pray for comfort of soul when we are in seasons of trouble, and we can rest assured that Jesus is interceding and advocating for us. But we must not forget that there is always something that we can give thanks for! How often do we thank the Lord for something? Usually not enough! The daily humdrum of our lives often lulls us to sleep. We need to turn our eyes to God alone, and ask for His grace to help us rejoice and pray and give thanks -- even if things aren't always going the way we want them to!