PRAY WITHOUT CEASINGApr 21, 2023 2023-04-20 23:29
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
Read: Luke 18: 1-8
“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Praying continually entails acknowledging God as the source of your life, admitting your total dependence on Him by surrendering your will to His and asking for His direction before taking any decision. It entails being in constant touch with Him, speaking to Him in your spirit even as you carry out your daily tasks. It is about making prayer a way of living.
The biblical characters that lived exceptional lives, prayed continually. David prayed in the morning, at noon, in the evening (Psalm 55:17) and in the night (Psalm 42:8). Even whilst on his bed in the early watches of the day, his heart was stayed on God (Psalm 63:6). God referred to him as a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). Daniel’s custom from his early days was to get down on his knees three times a day to pray and give thanks before God (Daniel 6:10). Little wonder, he distinguished himself above the governors and satraps (Daniel 6:3). Paul spent countless hours fasting and praying (2 Corinth 11:27) and went on to shape the history of Christianity as no human had ever done.
Even Jesus Christ in all His divinity understood the importance of being in constant touch with His Father during His time on earth. Before every important event, He took time to be away from the crowd to pray. Before He began His ministry, He went into the desert for forty days and nights (Matt 4:1-2). Before choosing His twelve apostles, He went out to a mountainside and spent the night praying to God (Luke 6:12-15). And before treading the path of Calvary to His death, He agonized in prayers in a place called Gethsemane (Mathew 26:36-45).
The life that will be successful, must be a life of prayer. In the place of prayer, God through His Holy Spirit instructs, teaches, guides, corrects and restores. And if there is any time, you need to pray without ceasing, it is now. The world is currently going through difficult times. Global recession, inflation, food crisis, wars, climate change, energy crisis, natural disasters, insecurity, terrorism, mass killings, suicide bombing, political instability and so much more. Every time you tune in to listen to the news, it’s one picture of gloom or the other. So, determine to make praying without ceasing a lifestyle.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye.
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?
He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest."
Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:
Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.
If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at email@example.com
I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.