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!