Aril 23, 2015

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Jesus tells us to pray without ceasing. And we wonder how. Jesus was serious about prayer. It’s how we have a relationship with Him. So, when Jesus says, “Pray without ceasing,” He doesn’t mean to sit down and do nothing else but bow our heads and close our eyes and talk to Him. It means when I wake up in the morning, I remember God exists. Sometimes, it means I talk to Him. Sometimes, it means I listen. Sometimes, it means I thank Him for the gifts right here in front of me—my house, my kids, my warm cup of coffee, my craft room, my new fabrics, my coloring books, that dandelion growing up through the crack in the pavement. Other times, I simply worship Him. 
 
A praying life becomes a blessing life, so saturated with the reality and Presence of Jesus that we naturally move toward others with hearts that seek to bless them, to bring good into their lives. When our life becomes a prayer, we’re even capable of blessing our enemies. Perhaps this is what Jesus means when He says to never stop talking to God.
 
Do you pray without ceasing? He asks us to.

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.  

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.  

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.  

Supplication: Petition God for wisdom. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have. Intercede for your immediate family and other relatives regarding their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.