Tuesday, February 11, 2014

“Praying without ceasing” means at least four things.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Paul is writing this into the lesson. He is deeply concerned about the people in Thessalonica, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 as he (Paul) challenges this in a command. 

There is a spirit of dependence that should permeate all we do.

This is the very core of praying. This is a deep and abiding dependency that we place on God, we find it coming from a deep down place we call our heart. When he says pray continuously he means in this sense to never stop.

Two: Praying in this manner also means to repeat praying throughout the day, often.

 In Romans 1:9 “For God is my witness, who so ever I serve with my heart or spirit in the Gospel of His Son that without ceasing I mention You”! This reminds us so never to forget who we are praying to and why. 

Thirdly: That we never give up on a prayer life.

No matter what bad luck, whatever low point you get to in life; never give up or abandon the hope we have in God. Do not lose heart. Keep praying and never cease. Communicate your needs in Luke 11:2-4 we read how we need to pray by the example he leaves us in this chapter.

Fourthly: Prayer helps maintain our daily walk in goodness, or walk in a Christian life.

A prayer life allows us to stay in communication with God, he helps maintain our day. It’s like checking the gas gauge or oil in a car before we take out on a journey so the unexpected doesn't happen.

Remember this doesn’t mean all day go without your daily activities, still does it mean that in our busy life style we should only pray when an ideal time arises? No! Least not forget to include the daily time we need to set aside for prayer. Early in the morning before your first cup, during your meal times, on the commute to work or even with our family before we turn in at night. Traditionally we do this in many families, still how we get away from these good habits. God is listening, He is all powerful, and He is and remains all knowing.

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