In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul instructed the believers to be joyful, prayerful, and thankful. His instructions seem simple enough, yet they can be difficult to apply to our daily lives, especially when life gets hard. Alistair Begg explains Paul’s instructions and teaches us that Christian joy is not superficial happiness. It begins with God and His glory, and it endures irrespective of our circumstances. Likewise, throughout life, we are to remain prayerful, always in communion with God.