By Still Waters II

Pray cherries-2Without Ceasing. (I Thessalonians 5:17)

Have you ever prayed without ceasing? Have you ever filled all the nooks and crannies of your busy thought life with prayer? Have you ever stopped mid-thought to pray? Have you ever realized that much of your thought life is meaningless and a waste of time? What occupies your thoughts? What goes through your mind when you are driving? What about when you are doing the dishes, laundry, making your bed, vacuuming, clearing the table, gardening, tidying up, mopping the floor, watering the lawn, raking the leaves, waiting in line, lying in bed, taking a walk, and etc. I think you get the idea. Dear Reader, thanks to a couple of Godly friends of mine, I have been challenged in my prayer life. One of these friends will stop mid-sentence to pray or thank God for something. She said she learned to pray without ceasing when she was left a young widow with eight children. The other friend has, patiently, over the years, encouraged me to pray without ceasing. By God’s grace, and through these friends’ examples, I am learning to fill the nooks and crannies of my busy thought life with prayer. And yes, much of my busy thought life has been meaningless and a waste of time. Now, instead of mulling and mulling over meaningless thoughts, I am finally learning to not only fill the nooks and crannies of my thought life with prayer, but to also replace worthless thoughts with prayer. I am learning to pray bold prayers to the God who is the Fount of all blessing. I don’t pray for riches or ease of life, and right now I am not praying for myself. Currently, I am led to pray primarily for a specific person. I will move on to praying for other things and people when I think God is leading me to do that. I am praying aggressively for this person, using Scriptural truths and ideas. All of this is to God’s glory – I take none for myself – and I hope to learn to pray more fully, adding constant praise to ceaseless praying. I believe that I have experienced only the first fruits of praying without ceasing. It is my hope that I will enjoy the full harvest someday. May you, as well, grow in this blessing.
See also: Acts 12:5; Romans 1:9; 2 Timothy 1:3

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Pray All The Time

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