How to Pray without Ceasing – Guest Post

How to pray without ceasing

We have probably all come to 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and wondered what to do with it. I know I have! For those not familiar with the passage, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says simply that we are to “Pray without ceasing”.

At first glance, this might seem an impossible command to obey. Pray without ceasing? What about my responsibilities as a wife or mother or homemaker or friend? How can I “pray without ceasing” when there are so many other things to do?

I would like to answer these important questions today with two points.

1. There Should not be Long Seasons Where We Go Without Praying.

The first way we can obey this verse is by making sure that we are not allowing the busyness of our everyday tasks to invade and hinder our prayer lives. When life is hectic and the to-do list looms large, it is easy for prayer to be the first thing we drop when we believe ourselves to be too busy. But we mustn’t do this. Matthew Henry writes in his commentary,

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“The meaning [of 1 Thess. 5:17] is not that men should do nothing but pray, but that nothing else we do should hinder prayer in its proper season. Prayer will help forward and not hinder all other lawful business, and every good work.”

To be faithful to “pray without ceasing” then, one need only make prayer as regular a feature of each day of the week as possible. Rather than going months without communing with the Lord in prayer, purpose to meet with Him daily, and you will be praying without ceasing.

2. Offer Up Little Prayers as You Go Throughout Your Day.

One thing I got into the habit of doing years ago is just simply offering up several little silent prayers to God as I go throughout my day. While you are doing the dishes or cooking dinner or tending to the needs of your children, you can easily offer up a prayer of thanksgiving, ask the Lord for wisdom or help, or mention the prayer request your friend shared with you the other day. This is a great way to obey the command to “pray without ceasing”!

Be Encouraged!

I hope you were encouraged today, friend, by the true simplicity of this command. Far from making this some legalistic or difficult box to check, merely go to your Father and share your heart. He yearns to hear from you!

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Thanks so much to Rebekah Hargraves, for encouraging us today to pray without ceasing just as the word of God commands to us! – Take a minute to visit her at:

Website: Hargraves Home and Hearth
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3 verses about prayer you should know

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Prayer is the way we communicate with God.  Is the platform where we ask God to fullfil our needs.  Is how we claim God to set us free from our enemies.  Today, I want to share with you 3 of my favorite verses about prayer.  This verses guide us to be more effective in prayer.  Let’s see!

3 verses about prayer you should know

1. Matthew 6:9-13 says:

“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come, Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.  ‘Give us this day our daily bread. ‘And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors letting go of both the wrong and the resentment.  ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’

In this verse we can see how Jesus taught his disciples about how to pray.  This is an example for us too!  We learn from this that we don’t only express our feelings and needs in our prayers, but that we must pray asking for the will of God to be manifested in our lives.

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Prayer, receive and faith (Bible Journaling by Tayrina Gonzalez)

2. Matthew 21:22 says:

And whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you will receive.

3. Mark 11:24 says:

 For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.

This lead us to ask ourselves, what are the true motives of our prayer? Are we praying following our own desires or are we looking for the will of God? – We must pray asking for the will of God to be revealed and manifested to us.  Including, praying believing that the purpose of God will be completed in us.

We must pray in accordance to God’s will and purpose.  These 3 verses give us a correct view and focus about how we should pray.  God takes care of us and knows every need we have, let’s take our time to pray for God’s will to be done in earth as it is in heaven.

 

All bible verses used are from the Amplified Version.  Looking for Bible Journaling? See more here! / I’m sharing this post at: Testimony Tuesday & Purposeful Faith