Pray Without Ceasing

1 Thessalonians 5:17 calls us to pray without ceasing. What does this mean? Matthew Henry writes:

The meaning is not that men should do nothing but pray, but that nothing else we do should hinder prayer in its proper season.

My parents prayed a simple, memorized prayer with us children at the dinner table and before bedtime. Grandma told them to do so. She made sure that all of her children would pray with her grandchildren — at least while they were young.

There are so many opportunities in our lives when we can pray out loud or silently. We could even type a prayer and send it to people by mail or through one of the messengers we are using on our phones. Can you think of someone right now who would appreciate your prayers today?

You are not sure how to pray? Nobody taught you before? It’s not that hard to do, dear friend. There is no study nor diploma required for that. Just follow Jesus’ guide to pray.

He says in Matthew 6

9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done.
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Some of us have memorized this prayer. Others have never heard these words before or don’t have a Bible yet. You know, sometimes all we can and will do is cry out: “Help, LORD! Please help!” God hears our heart and prayers. In His Word He tells us to seek Him and He will answer us. He promises us that He will not leave us nor forsake us and that He gives grace to the humble.

Let’s start talking (again) to God!

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