“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer”
“Rejoicing in hope ” Of the glory of God that will shortly be revealed to each faithful follower of Christ. That is, in the hope of eternal life and glory. Compare Romans 5:2-3.
“Patient in tribulation” Patient in sorrow, suffering and persecution. Patience implies steadfastness. Remembering that what you suffer as Christians you suffer for Christ’s sake and to His honor. This is very problematic for me with having a wife and children living lie filled lives without me and children who have forgotten me …
“Continuing instant in prayer” That is, be persevering in prayer. Colossians 4:2, Luke 18:1.
Proper prayer time becomes more difficult when circumstances surrounding you can really weigh you down. Being too busy is not the only cause of lacking in prayer …
Prayer is needed at all times but especially in times of tribulation and distress. We are to pray without ceasing and not faint or be discouraged. We are to go to the throne of grace continually for fresh supplies of grace and strength.