Pray without ceasing

Pray without ceasing”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (ESV)

The verse is short and to the point. We are to pray continually. Much ‘ado’ surrounds the subject of prayer, when really it’s just conversation between us and our Father.

It’s important to have a daily, set-aside time that’s just for connection with God, where we shut out all distractions  (Matthew 6:6) but in addition to that, it is possible, and vital, to live each minute of the day in constant, flowing, fellowship and conversation with Him. I sometimes have to remind myself that He’s in the car with me, as I hang out the washing, while I’m walking around the supermarket.

It’s as if the Lord says to us through this verse “don’t shut me out, include me in every minuscule part of your life”.

Look at it this way: if you were to spend all day, every day with your spouse, but you seldom acknowledged their presence, or asked what they were thinking, hardly ever spoke to them except to ask for something, and rarely listened when they spoke to you, your relationship would be a very ‘lean’, one-sided, meagre partnership indeed!  Yet that’s how we treat the Lord at times. We spend so much time talking about the Lord as if He were not in the room, we attend seminars on prayer and read books on prayer, when all we really need to do is just talk to Him, and listen to Him. 
The heart of God longs for connection with His children. He looks for ways every single day to catch your attention and speak to you, throughout your day. Does He have your attention?
Jill 💜

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I love getting together with friends and sharing with each other over a cup of coffee what God is doing in our lives, it boosts my faith and lifts my heart. That's the aim of this blog. There's a story behind it; It was inspired after a friend gave me a single mustard seed, saying ‘that’s all it takes Jill’. What my friend didn’t know was that the very same morning God had reminded me of a promise He'd made to me over 20 years before regarding writing. I took the mustard seed home, planted it and watched it grow from a tiny sapling to a large, flourishing shrub at our front door. Every time I look at it it reminds me that our God is always true to his promises. Jesus lives in and works through his people, every single day. It's good to share what he's doing! I love talking about Him and writing about Him.

4 thoughts on “Pray without ceasing

  1. Amen! Prayer is both “vital” and essential! I was reading about 1 Thessalonians 5:17 only last night, in connection with Eastern Orthodox prayer. Throughout the day they (not only monks and nuns) pray, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me”. I know that there are flaws to Orthodox theology, but as we all live in a world tainted by sin, maybe this short memorable prayer is not so bad? God bless you.

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    1. Hmm, that’s another way of looking at it, isn’t it? I really don’t think it matters what way we turn our thoughts and hearts toward Him through the day, as long as we do it in a way that is real, genuine, without pomp and religious pride, and with a longing to connect with Him. 💕

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