“I was in the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians this morning,” Stan began, “and I was reminded about the first time I read this letter. It caused me to laughed out loud at myself.”
“What was that all about?” I replied.
“When I first read Paul’s admonition to ‘Pray without ceasing,’” Stan said, “I thought that was the most impractical thing I had ever read.”
Continuing, he said, “I remember thinking ‘how am I going to get anything done if I am spending all of my time praying?’”
“Seems like a logical question,” I responded.
“Logical only if I did not understand what my prayer life is supposed to look like,” Stan said.
“If my only view of prayer was getting on my knees and praying to God, it was logical to think that such praying without ceasing would keep me from doing anything else. That was going to be a lot of prayer!”
“However,” Stan continued, “once I realized that prayer is to be constant communication with God about everything that is going on, it is real easy to pray without ceasing.”
“Another way to look at it,” Stan said, “is that prayer is all about being with God, and I am to be with God without ceasing.”
“There is to be no time when I am not to be with Him with all of my heart, mind, and spirit, so what Paul wrote is not only not impractical, it is the most practical thing I can do in being intentional about my relationship with God!”
Concluding, he said, “Yes, it’s a lot of prayer and I am eternally thankful I am allowed to pray without ceasing!”
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want me to pray without ceasing. Thank you that you are available and that you want constant communication with me. Thank you for showing me that being in constant prayer with you is the most practical thing I can do in my life, bringing before you everything that is brought before me. Please lead me in praying in exact accord with your will all of the time, not just when I am on my knees before you or when I am with my fellow believers in prayer. 24/7 is what you want, what you have available, and what I want. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.