1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Practicing His Presence - Being in Constant Communion with God.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT) Never stop
You will never develop a close
relationship with God by just attending church once a
week or even by just having a daily quiet time.
Friendship with God is built by sharing all your life
experiences with him.
Of course it is important to establish
the habit of a daily devotional time with God,
but God wants more than an appointment in your
schedule. He wants to be included in every activity,
every conversation, every problem, and even every
You can carry on a continuous, open-ended
conversation with God throughout your day, talking with
him about whatever you are doing or thinking at
that moment. The habit of praying without
ceasing from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 means conversing
with God while shopping, driving, working, or
performing any other everyday task.
A common misconception is that
spending time with God means being alone with him.
Of course, as Jesus modeled, you need time
alone with God, but that is only a fraction of
your waking hours. Everything you do can be
spending time with God if he is invited to be a
part of it and you stay aware of his presence.
The classic book on learning how to
develop a constant conversation with God is
Practicing the Presence of God, written in the 17th
century by Brother Lawrence, a humble cook in a
French monastery. Brother Lawrence was able to turn
even the most commonplace and menial tasks - like
preparing meals and washing dishes - into acts of
praise and communion with God.
The key to friendship with God, he said,
is not changing what you do, but changing your
attitude toward what you do. What you normally do for
yourself, you begin doing for God, whether it is
eating, bathing, working, relaxing, or taking out
Today we often feel we must get
away from our daily routine in order to worship
God, but that is only because we havent
learned to practice his presence all the time.
Brother Lawrence found it easy to worship God
through the common tasks of life; he didnt have
to go away for special spiritual retreats.
This is Gods ideal. In Eden, worship
was not an event to attend, but a perpetual
attitude; Adam and Eve were in constant communion with
God. Since God is with you all the time, no place
is any closer to God than the place where you
are right now. The Bible says, He rules
everything and is everywhere and is in everything
(Ephesians 4:6 NCV). [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren:
What does it really mean to pray without
ceasing? Does it mean we chant at the wailing wall in
Jerusalem? Or is it more like the meditative murmurs of
a cloistered nun? I used to think that was the
picture of devoted prayer. Today, it looks like
constant, humble reliance on Jesus.
I confess, I'm not much for humble
dependence. I much prefer confident self-reliance. But
when I consider my place as a daughter of the
Almighty, I recognize the luxury of this privilege. I
can consult the God of the universe as I go
about my day. To gain strength at the weak point,
solutions to problems, or just the grace to wait. Why
wouldn't I pray without ceasing?
Over time, I've gotten better at praying
throughout the day, consulting my epic Life Coach,
praying and praising at milestone moments. But truly
praying without ceasing has seemed utterly
unattainable, some ideal truly reserved for only the most
Lately, though, I've realized that
praying without ceasing is attainable with a few
hard-for-me but not impossible guidelines. I can apply
some principles captured in the seminal Christian
book Practicing the Presence of God. Bottom line:
Slow down. Slow way down, and see and seek Jesus
in everyone and everything.
If I take my day task by task, moment by
moment, it is far easier to consult Him continually.
Jesus is, paradoxically, most accessible in the
small moments of the day, speaking into the
silence of deliberate practice. by Isabella Yosuico
Faith Step: Just for today, slow down
enough to consciously seek Jesus in the unfolding
of every task. Whether changing a diaper,
balancing a budget, or running, consider practicing
being in the presence of God. [Mornings With Jesus
2019 Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan]
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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred