So the phrase “pray without ceasing” comes from the bible verse, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18:
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
As you can see “pray without ceasing” is part of an uplifting sentence in 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. I feel like these verses are teaching us to be grateful, optimistic and to constantly talk to God.
So “pray without ceasing”, when I was a kid I used to think you had to be on your knees as much as you could and it confused me. How can you pray constantly? You have to go to school and stuff. But then a pastor preached about prayer once and he described the different kinds of prayer. You can pray kneeling down or you can simply say “Help!” to God as sometimes you may be in a situation where that’s all you can say.
Another person described prayer as our direct link to God, our way of talking to Him. Talking. Communicating with God about anything.
I think we have a misconception about prayer that it’s only for when you want something, or are in trouble or when you’re praising God. I mean yes, prayer is for all that but it’s also for you simply talking to Him. Having a conversation with Him and letting Him into your daily world.
So really is this verse saying that God wants to talk to us constantly?
It’s a beautiful thought, that someone so powerful would want to talk to us mere humans. It reminds of me of a line in a Fred Hammond song:
What is man that thou art mindful of him?
God cares, more than we know and most of all He just wants to talk to you. Yes, praising God is excellent and a must as He does sooo much for us and yes you should go to Him when you’re in trouble or when you need or want something and if it is His will He will give it to you. But also go to God when life is mundane, when all you’re doing is eating pasta. Whatever it is, He’ll be interested in what you have to say.
That is all,
Happy Sabbath 🙂