Pray Without Ceasing
Have you ever felt like you just could not pray?
Perhaps you could not find the words to say to GOD? Or you may not have been in the mood (GOD forbid). Whatever the reason, sometimes it feels like the “spirit of prayer” is just not there. This can be a very difficult and especially dangerous place in the life of a Christian. Prayer is our only means of real communication with GOD.
In every relationship one thing is vital….Communication! Communication can come in various forms; talking, writing, and even personal contact. All of these are ways in which we relate to each other in an attempt to gain an understanding.
You may have wondered why you have challenges praying? Well, I am reminded of C.S. Lewis’ book “The Screwtape Letters. In this story two demons (an uncle, Screwtape and his nephew, Wormwood) were writing to each other about how they could trip up the Christians. In short, Screwtape advised Wormwood on several ways he could distract Christians, even in their praying. The enemy can cause us to be distracted, lackadaisical or even overly concerned with some fault to the point that he shuts our line of communication with the Father and our Lord down!
If Satan can shut the line of communication off, he can then begin to cause us to focus on “other things”. As Screwtape expressed to Wormwood, “The safest path to hell is a gradual one”. The only way to counter this attack on our prayer life is to ask GOD to give us a heart and a mind to pray.
Paul admonished the Thessalonian church to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). He did not say pray when you feel like it, but without ceasing, no matter what. He also advised the church at Ephesus, “Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty.” (Ephesians 6:18 AMP)
Finally, our apex example for a ceaseless prayer life is our LORD, Jesus! The gospel writers share with us the many times that He went alone to pray. He must have prayed so often (and had the results in His life and ministry to prove what prayer can do) that one day the disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray and He gave them the Model Prayer:
Our Father, which art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power
and the Glory for ever and ever.
So, whenever you feel like you do not have the words to say to GOD, a good way to start the conversation is to simply say……