The way to Pray Ceaselessly (1 Thess. 5: 16-18) – Your Day by day Bible Verse
How to pray without ceasing
By Kelly O & # 39; Dell Stanley
“Always rejoice, pray without ceasing, thank you under all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you ”(1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18, ESV).
Impossible, isn't it? Maybe in the old days when every task had a direct impact on your family's survival – of course they prayed because if the harvest died they would starve. If someone got sick, there was no medicine that could help. Life was dangerous and fragile and people weren't distracted by social media and cell phones. But today? Who could be expected to always think of God? God certainly wouldn't expect that from us because He knows more than anyone how flawed we are and how short our attention span is.
Only that there is no asterisk anywhere in the Bible after this verse that says, "* unless you are really busy."
Here is the good news. Not only is it possible to pray without ceasing, but it is also possible to make without significant changes to your schedule or time commitments. It's about changing your thinking process and turning everyday moments into prayer. Keep this connection open and speak to God as you go through your day. Here's how to pray without ceasing:
Start with gratitude.
Psalm 100: 4 says: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his yards with praise; thank him and praise his name. "
In other words, first tell God what you are thankful for. Prayer need not ask for anything; It can be easy to thank him heartily for what he has already done.
Integrate prayer into daily tasks.
Turn your everyday tasks into acts of worship by turning them into prayer times. When you fold laundry, you pray for each family member – and when your laundry piles are as high as mine and you are done praying but not folded, you branch out from there. Pray for your child's soccer teammates, for the teachers who stand in front of your children's classrooms, for the partner who works hard to pay the bills, for health to stay active, for the jobs to whom the clothes are worn. Or just say thank you for the warmth of your home by relaxing in your pajamas.
Sing a song of praise.
"Is any of you in trouble? Let them pray. Is someone happy Let them sing praises ”( James 5:13).
We often think of prayer as what to do when we need God to fix something or when we are unhappy. But the Bible encourages us to pray at any time. Try listening to worship music. If you sing along, offer it to God as your prayer. Or, even better, make your own song on the go. No one is listening except Him, so don't worry if you're upset.
Stop talking now and then. Instead, just listen.
"And when you pray, do not babble like pagans because they believe that they are heard because of their many words" Matthew 6: 7).
The number (or quality) of words you use in prayer doesn't matter because prayer is about God, not us. Allow yourself to think about the closeness of God. Trust that he is your constant companion. Do not monopolize the dialogue, but spend part of your time just sitting in his presence and resting. And keep in mind that the best conversations are bilateral, but you won't hear anything if you never stop listening.
Editor's Note: The following has been adapted by Kelly O’Dell Stanley from How To Pray Without Ceasing. To read the whole article, follow this link.
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