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Pray without ceasing 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Three little words. Pray. Without. Ceasing. Doesn’t get any clearer. Our Heavenly Father, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, the Lord of Angels Armies, asks me and you to pray without stopping. And we know that if we love Him we show Him by keeping His commandments. So we must always pray. In Luke 18 Jesus gave his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Have you ever grown weary in prayer? For the lost? A family member? A job situation? A struggling marriage? So how long is too long to pray for them? 7 weeks, 7 months, 7 years? Paul says without ceasing…..sometimes that is so hard….
I’m encouraged to pray constantly when I first remember to whom I pray! Our God Hears! Our God Commands Us to Pray! Our God Answers Prayer! He tells us through James in chapter 5 verse 16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” He reminds us that when Elijah prayed it didn’t rain for 3 ½ years and he was a man much like us. Pray without Ceasing. Pray Specifically. Pray Consistently. Pray Persistently. Pray Fervently. Pray Expectantly. Pray. Pray. Pray.
Personal Application: Write down every attribute of God you can think of. Begin your prayer time with worship of who He is and then fervently pray.
Home Application: Share with your family the prayers you’ve been praying the longest. Add each family member’s longest prayer to your prayer list. Share His answers to your prayers with them and celebrate His faithfulness.
How is God working in you through your prayer life?
Devotional written by Carla Dillard