Thursday, April 14, 2011
Good Evening to All!
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
In this passage, Paul exorts the Thessalonians to maintain a faithful prayer life like his own. Refer to verses (1:2, 3; 2:13; Romans 1:9, 10; Ephesians 6:18;, Col. 1:3; 2 Timothy 1:3).
Praying without ceasing does not mean praying constantlyu, but being persistent and consistent in prayer. A person can be in a "prayerful spirit" without constantly saying a prayer. I'm always talking to God. Tell Him thank you for this or for that. Asking that He help certain people that I know are having a hard time in some part of their life. Always asking Him to touch others who are sick and to heal them. We can be in a prayerful spirit and ask Him for help to do something that we are having doubts about. Prayer does not have to start with "Our Father who art in heaven , or end with AMEN. When we are formally praying then yes, they should always in with "In Jesus' Name , AMEN. I say that because there is POWER in the name of Jesus. Even the devil trembles at His Name. After all, God's Word even says that there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven by which we can be SAVED. To me, that sounds like a pretty Powerful name by which ANYTHING can be accomplished.
Back to Pray without ceasing...There is no particular position of praying. We can sit, lay, stand or kneel. God can hear us no matter what position we're in. Kneeling shows humbleness to God, but I would think as long as you talk to Him the position wouldn't matter.
Although I may not agree with certain things that Joyce says, she makes some good points in her book "Hearing from God Each Morning". One of which is that breathing is to our physical life as prayer SHOULD BE to our spiritual life. We desperately need both to survive.
Praying is easy. We can't use the excuse "I don't have time", because we can pray anytime, anywhere, any circumstance. Moving, sitting still, silently, a loud. We can pray while we are driving , shopping, sitting in a waiting room, cleaning house, or even in the bath tub.
We can use the excuse that we don't know how to pray because praying can be as simple as Lord, that lady looks so sad, please brighten her day. Amen, or Father, please help me get to work on time. Amen. God, your Word says the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Please guide my steps today and be with me in all I do and say. In Jesus' Name, Amen. There is nothing saying our prayers have to be filled with all kinds of eloquent words, and be really lengthy.
As long as God sees that you care enough to talk to Him and include Him in your day, He will reward you by talking back to your spirit, (if you will listen).
I encourage you to pray whenever something comes to your heart. The more you pray the closer to God you will become.
Good Night to All and May God Bless!