I used to wonder what it means to pray without ceasing. I thought of it practically, God how can we continuously pray, when we have so much to do in our lives.
But I realised that it’s about the heart, and it’s a lesson to us that we have to continuously be in fellowship with God. In communion and being consistent with our relationship
In this part of the chapter, Paul was telling the Church of Thessalonica how they should be living, with the knowledge that Jesus is returning “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
Pray without ceasing. What does this mean to you?
For me it means, though things may be good or bad, don’t stop giving thanks and rejoicing in prayer . This doesn’t always mean life will give you a reason to rejoice. But we give thanks anyway and we thank God regardless! Just you being alive is reason enough to give Him praise. For all that He’s done.
This also means that be in communion with God. Don’t stop praying, don’t stop talking to Him! In the same way that someone who you’re in relation with, your parents, your friends, family members you stay in touch, you stay talking to them. Though it may be difficult or you may not always feel like it, you ignore that feeling and know that you benefit when you speak to God.
When God created Adam and Eve, He would even go into the garden, in the cool of the day, speaking to Adam, having fellowship with Him. Even Jesus Himself, who was God Himself, still prayer. You’d find that Jesus would go into solitary places to pray. Why because He had a relationship with the Father. Whether it was giving thanks, or going to God in times of distress, Jesus set an example for us that we should pray!
Praying without ceasing, lastly, means that we don’t give up. Though it may be difficult, though we may feel like nothing is yet happening, know that prayer , persistent prayer works. Look at Hannah, look at Elijah! Even the story of the persistent widow (Luke 18)
In Luke 18:1, Jesus taught the disciples that they should pray always and not lose heart!
My encouragement that let prayer be a lifestyle rather than a chore! Let it become second nature. And let me remind you, there is nothing that the devil fears like a praying Child of God. Why? Because when you pray with faith, you can move mountains!
May God bless you! and have a wonderful rest of your week
~ peace, joy & love