1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray Without Ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV) Pray without
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT) Never stop
Have you ever visited the ocean? The
constant crashing of the waves is awe-inspiring. The
ocean continually moves. We see that movement as
waves pound the beach. And although we can't see
below the surface, the ocean actually moves faster
at greater depths.
Can you think of other things that keep
going and going and going? Write down a couple.
You might have written down the wind.
Wind constantly blows near the ocean and at great
heights in the atmosphere. The sun always shines. We
may not see it if it's cloudy, but that doesn't
mean the sun has stopped sending out heat and
light. The earth also continually rotates and
revolves. We may not feel it, but our world is
spinning at more than 1,000 miles per hour, and we're
orbiting around the sun at about 67,000 miles per
hour. Time would've been another good answer. Time
constantly moves forward, ticking second after second
into the future.
God created many things to function
constantly. And in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, the apostle
Paul tells us three things we should always be
doing: rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks.
Living out that command seems pretty
impractical. Does God expect you to walk around
constantly shouting, "Praise God! He is good! I thank
God for all his blessings"? You could do that,
but you might get some strange looks.
Instead, as followers of Jesus, we should
look at these things like breathing. We don't
have to think about breathing - it just happens
naturally. Similarly, we should pray, praise, and thank
God all the time. Praying continually doesn't
mean you have to go around with your head bowed
and eyes closed (that's just a good way to get a
concussion). But we should be thinking about God all the
time and have our thoughts focused on him. We
also need to be always rejoicing. Maybe you feel
like there's nothing to be happy about. School is
hard. You sprained your ankle. You feel like your
parents give your sister more attention. All of
these circumstances are temporary (although they
may not feel that way). Your relationship with
Christ is eternal. No matter what's going on in
your life, you can trust that God has a plan for
you and will give you the strength to accomplish
his will. And his love for you will keep going,
and going, and going.
Final Word: "Rejoice always, pray
continually, give thanks in all circumstances: for this
is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus" 1
Thessalonians 5:16-18. [Case For Christ For Kids by Les
My grandkids always bust me when I forget
to pray before a meal, and I love that.
We dont always pray as much as we
ought to. In fact, we could pray a lot more. When
a crisis hits, what is our first inclination?
Its to say, God, take this problem away.
Sometimes He does. But there are other
times when He doesnt. The reality is that
problem, that difficulty, keeps us in touch with God.
It keeps us dependent on God. And it keeps us
praying without ceasing.
The apostle Paul wrote to the believers
in Rome, For God is my witness, whom I serve
with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that
without ceasing I make mention of you always in my
prayers (Romans 1:9 NKJV).
Then 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 tells us,
Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for
Maybe youre saying, Pray without
ceasing? How that is even possible? I have a life. I
have to go to work. I have to do a lot of things.
I cant just pray all day.
Why not? It doesnt mean you have to be
on your knees with your eyes closed. It is not
just a prayer before a meal or praying with other
believers. Its simply living in prayer, living in
communion with God.
When youre cruising down the freeway
or stuck in traffic, your vehicle could become
a sanctuary. It could be a place to hear
Gods Word, worship the Lord, and pray (just keep
your eyes open).
You can be close to God wherever you go.
Why? Because the dwelling place of God is with
us. If you belong to Christ, youre the temple
(see 1 Corinthians 6:19). So you, too, can pray
without ceasing. [Greg Laurie from Harvest
One of the greatest drawbacks to the life
of prayer is that the answer does not come as
speedily as we expect. We are discouraged by the
thought, "Perhaps I do not pray correctly," and so we
do not persevere in prayer. This was a lesson
that our Lord taught often and urgently. If we
look further into the matter, we can see that
there may be a reason for the delay and that the
waiting may bring a blessing to our souls. Remember
Daniel, who waited twenty-one days for the answer to
his prayer. (See Daniel 10:1-15.)
When we pray, our desire must grow deeper
and stronger, and we must ask with our whole
hearts. God puts us into the school of persevering
prayer so that our weak faith may be strengthened.
Believe that there is a great blessing in the
delayed answer to prayer.
Above all, God wants to draw us into
closer fellowship with Himself. When our prayers
are not answered, we learn to realize that the
fellowship, nearness, and love of God are more to us
than the answers to our petitions, and we
continue in prayer. What a blessing Jacob received
through the delay of the answer to his prayer! He
saw God face-to-face, and as a prince he had
power with God and prevailed. (See Genesis
Christians, listen to this warning. Do
not be impatient or discouraged if the answer
does not come. Rather, continue in prayer.
Pray without ceasing." You will find it an
unspeakable blessing to do so. You may ask whether your
prayer agrees with God's will and His Word. You may
inquire if it is in the right spirit and in the name
of Christ. Keep on praying; you will learn that
the delay in the answer to prayer is one of the
most precious means of grace that God can bestow
on you. You will also learn that those who have
persevered in pleading God's promises are those who
have had the greatest power with God in prayer.
[Andrew Murray 365-Day Devotional Bible by Barbour]
Unceasing prayer may sound complicated,
but it neednt be that way. Do this. Think of
prayer less as an activity for God and more as an
awareness of God. Seek to live in uninterrupted
awareness. As you stand in line to register your car,
think, Thank you, Lord, for being here. In
the grocery store as you shop, think, Your
presence, my King, I welcome. As you wash the
dishes, worship your Maker.
Brother Lawrence called himself the
lord of all pots and pans. He wrote, The
time of busyness does not with me differ from the
time of prayer; and in the clatter of my kitchen,
while several persons are calling for different
things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if
I were upon knees at the blessed
So talk to God, always. Besides, it makes
more sense to talk to God than mumble to
yourself! [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at
As simple as breathing is in the physical
life, so will praying be in the Christian life
that is led by the Spirit. [Andrew Murray]
We may keep so near to God that in every
unexpected trial our thoughts will turn to Him as
naturally as the flower turns to the sun. SC94
Our failure in the prayer life is a result
of our failure in the Spirit life. [Andrew
Any thought of praying more and of praying
effectively will be in vain unless we are brought into
closer intimacy with our Lord. [Andrew Murray]
His life of prayer on earth and of
intercession in heaven is breathed into us in the measure
that our surrender and our faith allow. [Andrew
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