Pray Without Ceasing
Pray Without Ceasing
(December Week 3)
(1). 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
(2). Romans 12:11-12 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
(3). Luke 6:12-16 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
(4). Luke 18:1-8 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
(5). As every day demands its bread, so every day demands its prayer - [E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer].
(6). Prayer thought: We are called to pray as Believers as naturally as we breathe in air. Just as we do not think about every breath we take, we should not have to think about continual prayer with our Lord. Our prayers need not be polished and neat, rather we should approach God with honest and open hearts and minds anywhere, anytime. As Scripture shows that Jesus did nothing other than the will of the Father, we know Jesus was in constant prayer with the Father to ensure that at all times in all circumstances He was perfectly doing God’s will. As we are being conformed to the likeness of Christ, our prayer life will become an automatic, continual dialogue with the Lord.