Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Gratitude is coupled to our joy and communion with Christ.
How can we accomplish these remarkable callings – always joyful, always praying, always thankful? We can only do these things in Christ Jesus.
We have an eternal call to be grateful, because Christ has given us an eternal victory. We can be always rejoicing because we have an eternal grounds for gratitude, and joy is the affection of gratitude. Prayer is the link between joy and gratitude, because prayer is the essence of our communion with Christ.
Practically, be grateful for Christ and His gospel. Let that gratitude stir your heart with an affection of joy, and do that by continually communing with God through prayer, which is only accomplished through Christ.