1 Thessalonians 5:17
Prayer is very powerful and important, and we are encouraged to pray without ceasing. Yet, if you are like many Christians who don’t know how to do that, a life of sustained prayer can be a struggle. Therefore, you must pray without ceasing because the days are evil.
You cannot function to full capacity until you are inspired by God. When you are inspired by God, you pray. Man was designed to be inspired by God. However, ingratitude to the Lord does quench the spirit and close us off; to pray unceasingly we must be unendingly aware of our debt to the Lord and his powerful role in our lives. To pray without ceasing means to have your mind always on the things of God, to be in constant communication with him, so that every moment may be as fruitful as possible. We need to pray, but not with vain repetition, with a grateful heart, and intent of love for God. When we have relationship with God, we will always be eager to be in His presence. As communication is one of the evidences of healthy relationship, so praying without ceasing is the evidence of your heart to God.
The world presents many things that you could pray to God about our families, surroundings, neighbors, and communities. Our nation, leaders, public servants and agencies. Our economy, sources of income, and commodities. Beloved, we need to pray. Notwithstanding, when you get prayer from the perspective of religion, then you think that the older the version of communication you use in prayer, the more effective your prayers becomes. This is not true. The devil and his agents don’t sleep. In fact, they target the times when men are asleep to sow tares. By sleep, I mean spiritual sleep. That period when you are relaxed and ignoring the need to pray is the time that the devil has been waiting for to attack. That is why you must pray without ceasing.
Praying without ceasing is not what you choose to do but what you must do, not what you like to do but what you are mandated to do. If you are not praying you will be fainting and loosing breathe. One of the good things that you can do for yourself is to renew your prayer altar and talk to God often. All great men in scripture were prayerful. There is no alternative to prayer no matter how colourful such appears to be. Prayer is the believer’s spiritual respiratory organ. A day without prayer is a risky day. If you are not praying, you will be choking, panting, fainting and failing. When you pray always you enjoy ventilation. The devil is actively destroying people in this generation, and that is because this generation is asleep. You need to wake up and pray. Prayer should be your lifestyle. Before you embark on any assignment, pray, and when you are done, you should pray. Before you make any decision, pray. Just make it a point of duty to always pray.
Praying without ceasing is for God lovers, not for selfish people looking for God to meet their vain needs. When someone is in love, they miss the presence of the person they love. They can’t have too much of the presence of the person they love. When you have been hanging out with God, you will come out seeing things differently, because you are seeing life from the perspective of God. The basis of praying without ceasing is relationship. Prayer is not a monologue, it is a dialogue. Getting into prayer, doing all the talking and running away, does not cut it. Leverage whatever your situation and circumstances is to deepen your relationship with God.
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Nothing dissolves crises in the life of a child of God like prayer. Satan will do everything possible in other to stop you from being what God has designed you to be but you will stop him by renewing your commitment to prayer. Because we are tempted and attacked always, we must pray always. That is the only guarantee for our victory always. However, we cannot always be on our knees praying. With the daily demands on our busy lives, we are fortunate to kneel in prayer even a few minutes each day. But our heart attitude can still be praying without ceasing. Therefore, you must pray without ceasing because it is vital in our walk with God.