12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
Hope — Hebrews 6:19 — Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.
Hope = faith in the future
instant in prayer — immediate
Nowhere does Paul instruct us to pray for long periods of time.
Perseverance in prayer produces joy in hope and patience in tribulation. Communion with God is essential as a controlling influence in our joy and in our patience under trial. Otherwise joy may be mere ebullition of feeling and patience mere Stoicism. — Vine, page 181.
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