‘Pray without ceasing’ – 1 Thessalonians 5:17//can’t stop. won’t stop.

Welcome back, Willing Spirits!

I hope you had a great week last week and are ready to start this week with prayer. Literally. This week’s topic (requested by all those who took the poll) is prayer and the importance of it. The second part of this–fasting–will be next week x.

If we didn’t have electricity in our homes, there would be a lot of things that wouldn’t function; the lights or TV, for example. We could still get by with candles for a while but it wouldn’t be the best way. Prayer is like our electricity. It allows us to connect to God that is our light. ‘Pray without ceasing…‘ (without stopping) and that light will forever stay on–God will never leave us. It’s important because the more we pray, the stronger our relationship with God is. It is the most intimate form of contact that we have with God. If Jesus, who is God, felt He had to pray, how much more then do we need to?

Prayer varies in form, length and reason. Depending on what it’s about, aspects like the volume of it will differ. Sometimes we may need to cry aloud to God like David did when faced with opposition. This is similar to the idea of praying against enemies in a serious manner. The beauty of it is that we don’t have to go to a specific place to do it; we can pray anywhere. Jonah prayed in a belly of a fish, Daniel prayed in a lion’s den and Paul and Silas prayed in prison.

Prayer is the one thing the devil cannot imitate or do. It is the main weapon we have against the enemy. Not praying is like having the best weapon in our arsenal but not using it. It’s a key component in our spiritual lives since it aids us in spiritual battles. If we don’t pray about it, how can we expect to overcome? Most importantly, it is the ignition to performing and receiving miracles. So the outcomes of prayer are all positive and more than we could ever ask for but why do we sometimes struggle to do so?

Some of us often struggle being consistent with prayer for different reasons, some of which are because, it is seen as tedious and long at times. Or the fact that it’s become so routine we see it on a “have-to-do” basis, it’s tradition as a follower of Christ. On the other hand, it may be because we have trouble believing God will hear or answer us when we do and so we are put off from doing it again. Instead we put our trust and confidence in created things.

What’s significant to understand is that prayer doesn’t always have to be long. It doesn’t have to always be formal either. Praying to God is like having a conversation with a friend. As we continue praying, we find it easier to speak to Him about everything and anything like you would a best friend. We will then find that we actually want to pray instead of just feeling we have to. The idea of having unanswered prayers may be due to the fact that what we ask for isn’t in accordance with God‘s will or is for personal pleasures and doesn’t glorify Him. It is the Holy Spirit that will help guide us to asking for the right things.

“You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss…”

James 4:3

Healing is another aspect that prayer is commonly used for. It is powerful enough to do so without any medicine if one truly believes. In his song ‘Still Moving‘, William McDowell states a series of healing miracles that came about in their church because “…the church prayed“. Prayer goes a long way. So start off small if you must, Jesus gave us a template of how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13;

  • Praise/thanks
  • Forgiveness
  • Ask for what you want

As the week goes on, let us dedicate time to pray. It could be about anything and for anyone and I pray God will guide us as we do so, so that we do not ask amiss. Next week, God willing, we explore the importance of fasting with Matthew 9:15.

A fellow Willing Spirit x

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