The Will of God – Part 2

pray-without-ceasing“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Previously we held up the difficulty of “rejoicing always” in one hand, and the need to and actual how to in the other hand. Hopefully, we came away with a better understanding of that aspect of the will of God in Christ Jesus for us. This time we will tackle yet another seemingly impossible task here in the real world – we, you and me, are to pray without ceasing from the time our first eye cracks open in the morning light until the last eye drifts shut at night. Pray, pray, pray and pray.

Wherever are we to find the time to pray “all the time”??? Hello…we got stuff to do, and we call it “living”!!! I have a couple friends that get up before the birds to beat the rush and pray. That’s pretty admirable, especially compared to a sleepyhead like me. But whether it’s late morning prayers by sleepy me or petitions and intercessions by my early bird buddies’ – we are to pray all the time not just with birds and brunch! How are we to do that? Well, what is prayer? The answer to that question is the key to the how.

Prayer is communication with God: a conversation with God; a simple and ongoing communing with our Heavenly Father. Prayer is just talking to our Abba whether aloud or silently. It is also listening to our Abba as He speaks to us through the Spirit and His Word.

I like what Oswald Chambers says about ceaseless prayer: “We think rightly or wrongly about prayer according to the conception we have in our minds of prayer. If we think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts, we think rightly. The blood flows ceaselessly, and breathing continues ceaselessly; we are not conscious of it, but it is always going on. We are not always conscious of Jesus keeping us in perfect joint with God, but if we are obeying Him, He always is. Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life.” (My Utmost for His Highest)

When you consider the depths of depravity in this world and for sure in our hearts, how can we not be praying all the time? When you realize all the needs of other people how can we not be praying all the time? We are to be “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” (Eph 6:18), and for others, and “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Rom 8:26)

We commune with our Father in the Spirit, and even when we’re not quite praying right, the Spirit does the praying for us. That is fantastic! So, in Christ, we can indeed pray without ceasing.

Do you pray without ceasing? It is the will of God.

Next time: Thankful in everything.

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