1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Praying without ceasing doesn’t mean that we are to have our head bowed and talking to God all the time. To pray without ceasing means we have a continuous attitude of prayer. “It’s living in continual God-consciousness, where everything you see and experience becomes a kind of prayer, lived in deep awareness of and surrender to Him. It should be instant and intimate communication-not unlike that which we enjoy with our best friend.” It goes along with what Paul stated in Colossians 3:2, that we should set our minds on things above, not on things on the earth.
Other Scripture Reference:
Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Colossians 4:2 – Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
4 Things praying without ceasing does for us
It grows our relationship with God (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
God has always wanted a relationship with us. The Bible teaches us in the beginning God spoke to and had a direct relationship with Adam. This is how God intended our interaction to be. When sin entered the world that relationship changed. Through the sacrifice and blood of Jesus our relationship was restored. A great example of our restored relationship can be found in Matthew 27: 50-51 when Jesus was on the cross. “ And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”.
The veil being torn is that of the one in the Temple that separates the Holy place from the Most Holy of Holies. It is where the Ark of the Covenant was kept and the one place on earth God met with man. However it was only once a year and only the high priest could enter the Most Holy of Holies to seek forgiveness for mans unintentional sins. The veil tearing represents the restoration of our relationship to God. We no longer need a priest we can now approach God directly. Hebrews 4:16 says, Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”.
Hebrews 10:19-22 tells us, “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
It creates a God conscious attitude (Jeremiah 23:23-24)
It is living in continual God-consciousness, where everything you see and experience becomes a kind of prayer, lived in deep awareness of and surrender to Him. It should be instant and intimate communication-not unlike that which we enjoy with our best friend.
It helps us defend against temptation (Mark 14:38)
To “pray without ceasing” means when you are tempted, you hold the temptation before God and ask for His help
It creates a thankful, joyful heart (Psalm 16:11)
Praying without ceasing keeps our focus on God’s goodness and mercy which roots out bitterness. It helps us to live in a state of thanksgiving.
Where to Begin
- Pray daily – Schedule prayer time. Use this time to pray about an attitude of continual prayer
- Practice being silent and listening to God
- Be purposeful about praying throughout the day
- Remember prayer is about a relationship with God