“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?