1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
I often hear people question, “How on earth can I pray without ceasing? It’s impossible! I have a life! I have a job! I have a family! I can’t pray all the time!”
This scripture doesn’t mean “get on your knees and pray” all the time or “go into your prayer closet and pray” all the time. We do have to eat, sleep, work, interact with family, go to church, go to the store, etc.
If we check out all of 1 Thessalonians 5 (most listed below are the NLT version), the verses above and below verse 17 read like a list of life instructions. If we take Verse 17 in that context, that it is part of a list of instructions, then Christians should:
Encourage one another
Honor their leaders
Comfort those who are down
Support those who about to give up
Always be joyful
Never stop praying. In other words, it’s an instruction; a tool we have, so don’t forget to use it! Use it always!
Stay away from every kind of evil
And others… (partial list)
Prayer is simply us talking to God (meditating is giving Him a chance to answer as we stop talking). Yes, there are different types of prayers that have different instructions (for instance, Prayer of Petition). I’m just dealing with this verse.
We never stop loving God so we love Him without ceasing. We keep it up; we never forget we love Him.
Even more importantly, God never stops loving us. He loves us without ceasing. He keeps it up. That love will wrap itself around us and keep us safe in these times we are living in!
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2 thoughts on “LITD: Pray Without Ceasing?”
WOW! We’ve been taking that verse out of context. Never thought about it that way!
God bless you! HOW TO PRAY LIKE JESUS
#1 Praise God – Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name – in the prayer Jesus taught us, He started with praising God. you should too!
#2 Seek God’s Will- Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done – Do you know what God’s purpose for your life is? Whether you answer yes or no, you should continually seek God’s plan for your life.
#3 Seek God’s Favor – Give us this day our daily bread- What is it that you are in need of? Strength? Healing? Deliverance? Abundance? God has all those things and is just waiting on you to ask Him for them.
#4 Seek and Give Forgiveness – Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors- If you want your prayers heard and answered, you must profess and seek forgiveness for your sins. You must also forgive those who have hurt you. God knows what they did to you. Let! It! Go!
#5 Seek His Protection – lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil – Whatever is your weakness, seek God’s protection from it
#6 Acknowledge God – for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory – Let God know that you know He is the one in complete control
#7 Thank God- In every recorded prayer that Jesus spoke, he gave God thanks. If Jesus thought it was important to give God thanks, you should too!
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