Pray Without Ceasing

Thursday was the 65th National Day of Prayer. On its website the National Day of Prayer Task Force says it has organized events every year “to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture,”.

While I like the idea of meeting together and praying for our nation and our leaders, Christians should not need a task force and a designated day to mobilize us to pray, to repent and be righteous. That is something we are to do daily.

God tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray, without ceasing. That means He wants us in constant contact with Him. You know how police wear that little radio on their shoulder so they are constantly tuned into their headquarters. That should be us, tuned in to God, on His wavelength.

The Holy Spirit is our radio contact with God. He transmits God’s words to us and relays our words to God. As the song goes, “Turn your radio on…. and listen for the call.” We should be turned on and listening to God throughout our entire day.

In Ephesians 6:14-18, Paul describes the armor we are to wear as our daily protection for the battles we face. Then in verse 18 he reminds us to stay in contact with our Commander, when he says “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,”. If we aren’t communicating with Him every step of the way how are we to miss the landmines of the enemy? And help others do the same?

We are to be praying ‘all prayer’ and ‘supplication’. Different occasions and situations call for various types of prayer. There are prayers of repentance, prayers of intercession, prayers of consecration and prayers of thanksgiving, just to name a few. We should always be ready to pray with people and for people.

I often find myself thinking, ‘ how can I ever pray for everything that needs covered in prayer?’ It can seem overwhelming at times for sure, but I have come to realize God will bring to mind what we as individuals are to pray about.

I think He places certain concerns in each person’s mind and heart so that all things are covered in prayer. When we are faithful to pray as He brings it to our minds, His will is being done. Philippians 2:13 tells us “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”

If God leads us to prayer for something then He is surely going to answer that prayer.

On the flip side, when we don’t pray as led there are things that just don’t get covered in prayer as they should be, and we don’t see the results we should be seeing.

So if you feel like you should be praying more, then you probably need to get to praying more. The last sentence of James 5:16 states, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” God wants us to pray and when we do, He will answer.

I urge you to stay in tune to God as you march forth today and …

Be a blessing,

Terisa

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