So, you’ve probably heard the phrase “pray without ceasing”. If you are new to the Christian faith, maybe not, but those who’ve been walking this path awhile can say yes. If you’ve wondered how this is possible, we are absolutely on the same page.
In the middle of the busyness and craziness of life, how in the world do we do this – without ceasing? To do something – anything – without ceasing is to do it continually.
I’m going to share what I’ve learned (and share my basic prayer for the day) but first, look at these Bible verses in 1 Thessalonians 5…
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Notice that to pray without ceasing is sandwiched between two other important lessons:
1) Rejoice evermore, and 2) In every thing give thanks. Again, how is this is possible?
This passage in 1 Thessalonians is instruction to the Church – and to us, as Christians. It is a basis for practical living. To pull this off, it must become a part of our very life. How do we do it?
2 ways to pray without ceasing…
#1 – Make your life a prayer.
As the daughter of a preacher, I remember hearing my Dad say, “I pray all the time. You don’t hear me. I’m not shouting it as I walk through Walmart or sitting in a restaurant, but it is happening in my spirit – all the time.” Here is about as simple an explanation as I can give for this:
If the spirit of God is living in you…AND if you are spending time in His presence on a regular basis…AND if you are learning to hear from Him, then you are in an attitude of praying without ceasing.
In making our life a prayer, it’s vital we rejoice and give thanks. Is it always easy to do this in the midst of our circumstances? No, but by His spirit living in us, we can allow an attitude of rejoicing and thanksgiving to flow out of us, regardless.
My friend, this is the attitude of praying without ceasing.
#2 – Have your basic, daily prayer recorded somewhere.
This is another key to pray without ceasing. Now, I don’t mean recorded as in a video or audio recording of your prayer. The suggestion is you either write down or type out your basic prayer for this season in your life. (I wrote about my basic method for keeping a written prayer HERE if you’d like to read it.)
Here’s what I’ve found with this practice. The things I’m praying for become embedded deeper in me as I begin to pray them on a daily basis (without ceasing).
I’m going to share the current prayer I have written in my journal. Yes, this is quite personal – – and I reserve the right to exclude a few of the deep, personal things I’m praying. But I feel sharing this is important for someone.
Remember, this is only a model. Put your own spin on it. (My previous post says more about this and about what we can expect to have happen, using our written prayer as a guide.)
It has been common in the Church over the centuries to use written prayers. Why not write our own?
This is a good practice for learning to pray without ceasing.
My Written Prayer (for this year)
Praise & acknowledge Him – God, I praise you for who You are. I praise You for this day You’ve given me, and for Your hand of providence and protection on my every day. I praise You for my past, present and future, and You in it.
Thankfulness for His cleansing – Lord Jesus, thank You for cleansing me of anything in me not of You or not pleasing to You; of anything in me that stands in the way of dying and living in Your presence today. Thank you for cleaning me of anything that blocks me from hearing Your voice; of anything or anyone that would cause me to take my eyes off of You. I receive Your cleansing.
Order my steps – Father, thank You for ordering my steps that I would go where You have planned; that I would see and hear what You have purposed for me to see and hear; and that I would come into the opportunities You have prepared for me.
Fill me – Lord, continue to fill me with your Presence, Power and Purpose. I ask you to activate it in my life today.
Use me – God, use me to Your glory, to touch family, friends and those I come in contact with. Use me to love, influence and make a difference. Be glorified and seen in all I say, in all I touch, and in all I do.
Family – (personal prayers for my family)
Special needs and Big prayers – (prayers for special needs on my list now, as well as some Big prayers to a Big God)
Closing prayer as God leads – (this will vary from day-to-day)