Pray Without Ceasing.

Pray Without Ceasing.

Are you a prayer warrior? Most of us, if we’re totally honest, are not, at least not every day. I know in the twenty plus years that I have served the Lord, this has been an area of struggle for me.  Although I pray daily, there have been many times that I have found myself painfully struggling through a trial in life when the Holy Spirit will gently nudge me and ask, “Why haven’t you taken it to the Lord?”

It’s at this moment I ask myself the obviously dumb question, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The answer I believe is my inability to follow the three simple words found in 1st Thessalonians 5:17, Pray Without Ceasing!

So, what exactly is this scripture telling us? Is it telling us to always be praying, literally without ceasing? No, I don’t think God intended for us to be walking around with our eyes closed bumping into everything, looking like spiritual zombies and scaring everyone. Although, I’m pretty sure that’s an outreach tactic no one has ever tried before.

Praying without ceasing is referring to our conscious attitude towards God. Imagine the problem you’re going through is a mountain, are you conscious of the mountain, or the One who created the mountain. Praying without ceasing is being God conscious, instead of being conscious of your problem.

Now, this doesn’t mean that we are to walk around pretending our problems don’t exist. No, it means that we constantly, without ceasing, are conscious of the fact that God is bigger than All of our problems.

In my novel “Forever Yours”, our protagonist Monica Cooper believes that God is the source of her problems, not the answer to her problems. It’s this attitude that leads her down a path of pain and misery, until an audacious angel, Big Rhonda steps in.

Now, our character Monica is a bad example of praying without ceasing. So, who would be a good example? You got it, Jesus. There are numerous times in the Bible where we see Jesus praying. Like in Luke 6:12, Jesus is seen praying before choosing his twelve disciples. Or in John 11:41-42, when Jesus prays before raising Lazarus from the dead. Again, we see Jesus praying in the garden in Matthew 26:36-46, just before he is betrayed and taken to be crucified.

So, what stands out about these prayers? Each time Jesus found himself facing a difficult situation, he wasn’t conscious of the problem, he was conscious of his Heavenly Father. Even in the garden, Matthew 26:39, when Jesus found his soul to be exceeding sorrowful he prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”

No matter how difficult the problem or how great the challenge Jesus always maintained a conscious attitude towards God. Even while dying on the cross Jesus consciously prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

So, let’s follow the example of Jesus, and not that of our character Monica, and let’s maintain a conscious attitude towards our Heavenly Father. Believing and accepting that He is the answer to all our problems, no matter how difficult they may be. And to do that we only have to…Pray Without Ceasing!!

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