“Pray without ceasing” (IThess.5:17).
Have you ever contemplated this verse?
Praying without ceasing is quite presumptuous of the Apostle Paul don’t you think?
Like really Paul…pray non-stop?
That would be like driving without having to anticipate any stop signs or red lights.
A reference verse from the above is from Luke 18:1:
“And He(Jesus) told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Italics mine)
Jesus, in this particular biblical account, was telling the story of a persistent widow who pretty much hounded a judge for justice until he finally gave her what she asked for.
The parable is not so much about the widow getting what she wanted as much as it is about her persistence…she would not give up! Kinda like a two-year old in the candy isle of the grocery store.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”(Rom.12:12).
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving”(Col.4:2).
Why do you think we are instructed to pray constantly and steadfastly?
Dear reader, do you believe your every prayer is heard?
Do you know that God delights to hear your voice?
Do you give up praying when silence is what you seem to receive in return?
Or do you give up when your prayers sound like broken records?
What if we take our thinking one step further?… If we are instructed to pray without ceasing and encouraged to not grow weary in prayer, then this must imply that there will be times when we will be tempted to give up! Times when we will become weary in waiting for answers and times when we stop praying altogether.
This truth also highlights God’s foreknowledge of our humanity; He put a plan of encouragement into written script for us! Leaving us without excuse.
Why would we be instructed from the Word of God to pray if God had no intention of answering us?
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ASK Him!” (Matt.7:7-11)
Dear soul, don’t stop praying!
Pray like you breathe…