1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Keeping In Tune With Jesus

1Th.5:17; Keeping In Tune With Jesus

1 Th 5:17 (KJV)  Pray without ceasing.

1 Th 5:17 (RSV)  pray constantly,

1 Th 5:17 (NIV)  pray continually;

1 Th 5:17 (TEV)  pray at all times,

1 Th 5:17 (CEV)  never stop praying.

1 Th 5:17 (EAV)  Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];

1 Th 5:17 (CWB)  Always have a prayerful attitude.

1 Th 5:17 (TLB)  Always keep on praying.


Luke 18:1 (KJV) And he spake a parable unto them to this end, 
that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 

Luke 21:36 (KJV) Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye 
may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come 
to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. 

Rom. 12:12 (NCV) Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient 
when trouble comes, and pray at all times. 

Eph. 6:18 (NCV) Pray in the Spirit at all times with all kinds 
of prayers, asking for everything you need. To do this you must 
always be ready and never give up. Always pray for all God's people. 

Col. 4:2 (NCV) Continue praying, keeping alert, and always 
thanking God. 


If you think of prayer as something you say several times a day 
before you eat and just before you go to bed, you aren't going to 
understand this text at all. One of the most famous quotations of Ellen 
White is this: "Prayer is the breath of the soul." If you think of 
prayer in this way, then you know that you have to pray without 
ceasing, just as you know that you can't stop breathing and continue to 
live. [Glimpses Of God's Love by J & P Tucker] 

Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual 
power. No other means of grace can be substituted, and the health of 
the soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into immediate 
contact with the Well-spring of life, and strengthens the sinew and 
muscle of the religious experience. Neglect the exercise of prayer, or 
engage in prayer spasmodically, now and then, as seems convenient, and 
you lose your hold on God. The spiritual faculties lose their 
vitality, the religious experience lacks health and vigor. It is only at 
the altar of God that we can kindle our tapers with divine fire. 

Those who take the name of Christian should come to God in 
earnestness and humility, pleading for help. The Saviour has told us to pray 
without ceasing. The Christian can not always be in the position of 
prayer, but his thoughts and desires can always be upward. Our 
self-confidence would vanish, did we talk less and pray more. 3BC1157 

Christ commands, "Pray without ceasing;" that is, keep the mind 
uplifted to God, the source of all power and efficiency.  TM511 

Constant prayer is a feature of Christian life as it expresses 
confident dependence on God's provision. [College Press NIV Commentary] 

Ye are dependent on God for every good; without him ye can do 
nothing; feel that dependence at all times, and ye will always be in the 
spirit of prayer; (Adam Clarke Commentary) 

We cannot spend all our time on our knees, but it is possible to 
have a prayerful attitude at all times. This attitude is built upon 
acknowledging our dependence on God, realizing his presence within us, and 
determining to obey him fully. Then we will find it natural to pray 
frequent, spontaneous, short prayers. A prayerful attitude is not a 
substitute for regular times of prayer but should be an outgrowth of those 
times.  [Life Application SB] 

There should be a constant spirit of prayer breathing through 
the Christian's life. Never must the connection with Heaven be 
broken. Paul labored "night and day" (1 Thess. 2:9); he also prayed 
"night and day" (ch. 3:10). His many activities did not crowd out his 
prayers. Active connection with his heavenly Father was always maintained 
and so it should be with us. [SDA Commentary] 

Pray without ceasing;... We are to be in constant communication 
with our God.  This is prayer about all the details of daily life, .... 
[In His Time; Walk With Wisdom] 

The Christian who prays "continually" is living in constant 
communion with God and is always ready to pray. [New Bible Companion] 

Continuous prayer involves an attitude of openness to God in all 
situations and a practice of talking to God about all situations. [Disciple 

Prayer is attitude as well as activity. The attitude of devotion 
to God can be without ceasing [Wycliffe Bible Commentary] 


The most important part of the Scriptures for the Jew is the 
Shema.  It consisted of three short passages of Scripture - Deuteronomy 
6:4-9; 11:13-21; and Numbers 15:37-41 - and had to be recited in prayer 
fashion by every Jew every morning and every evening. 
The Shema wasn't the only prayer the Jews had to recite every 
day. They also had to recite what became known as The Eighteen, which 
consisted of 18 prayers. The Eighteen had to be recited three times a day 
- once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the 
The Jews were a people of prayer. They took their praying 
seriously. Not only did they have the daily Shema and The Eighteen, but 
they had prayers for nearly every event in their lives. Thus they had 
prayers before and after every meal; and there were prayers connected 
with such things as light, fire, lightning; on seeing the new moon, 
comets, rain, storms; at seeing the sea, lakes, rivers; on receiving 
good news; on using new furniture; on entering or leaving a city, and 
so on. Everything had its prayer. 
As Christians we have something to learn here. We need to also 
see the sacredness of everything that exists or that happens in our 
lives. We need to have a sense of God's presence constantly. We ought 
also to live lives inundated with prayer. [Walking with Jesus by 
George Knight re Deu.6:4-5 mod] 


The direction here may be fairly construed as meaning:
(1) That we are to be regular and constant in the observance of 
the stated seasons of prayer. We are to observe the duty of prayer 
in the closet, in the family, and in the assembly convened to call 
on the name of the Lord. We are not to allow this duty to be 
interrupted or intermitted by any trifling cause. We are so to act that it 
may be said we pray regularly in the closet, in the family, and at 
the usual seasons when the church prays to which we belong. 
(2) we are to maintain an uninterrupted and constant spirit of 
prayer. We are to be in such a frame of mind as to be ready to pray 
publicly if requested; and when alone, to improve any moment of leisure 
which we may have when we feel ourselve strongly inclined to pray. 
That Christian is in a bad state of mind who has suffered himself, by 
attention to worldly cares, or by light conversation, or by gaiety and 
vanity, or by reading an improper book, or by eating or drinking too 
much, or by late hours at night among the thoughtless and the vain, to 
be brought into such a condition that he cannot engage in prayer 
with proper feelings. There has been evil done to the soul if it is 
not prepared for communion with God at all times, and if it would 
not find pleasure in approaching his holy throne. (Barnes' Notes) 


If prayer is an interruption to our lives, then something is 
wrong. The fact that we sustain an attitude of prayer does not mean we 
avoid regular times of prayer. It is the regular occasion of prayer 
that makes possible the constant attitude of prayer. We do not enjoy 
Thanksgiving dinners or holiday feasts at every meal; but we are able to 
enjoy those special times because we have eaten our regular meals 
three times a day. We begin the day with prayer; we pray at mealtime; 
we lift prayers to God during the day as the Spirit prompts us; we 
close the day in prayer. Like our breathing, our praying becomes so 
much a part of our lives that we are often not conscious of it. 
Warren Wiersbe 

As activity increases, and men become successful in doing any 
work for God, there is danger of trusting to human plans and methods. 
There is a tendency to pray less, and to have less faith.  Like the 
disciples, we are in danger of losing sight of our dependence on God, and 
seeking to make a saviour of our activity. We need to look constantly to 
Jesus, realizing that it is His power which does the work. While we are 
to labor earnestly for the salvation of the lost, we must also take 
time for meditation, for prayer, and for the study of the word of 
God. Only the work accomplished with much prayer, and sanctified by 
the merit of Christ, will in the end prove to have been efficient 
for good. DA362,3 

Of all the duties enjoined by Christianity none is more 
essential, and yet more neglected, than prayer.... Under all circumstances 
we have need of prayer. There is no situation in which it is 
possible to be placed where we have not many virtues to acquire and many 
faults to correct.... Do not think that it is necessary to pronounce 
many words. To pray is to say, Let Thy will be done. It is . . . to 
raise your heart to God; to lament your weakness; to sigh at the 
recollection of your frequent disobedience. This prayer demands neither 
method, nor science, nor reasoning; . . . it is a simple movement of the 
heart toward its Creator, and a desire that whatever you are doing you 
may do it to His glory. The best of all prayers is to act with a 
pure intention, and with a continual reference to the will of God. It 
depends much upon ourselves whether our prayers be efficacious. It is 
not by a miracle, but by a submissive spirit. Let us believe, let us 
hope, and God never will reject our prayers. F. Fenelon [Spirit Filled 
Life Devotional SB]