Pray without ceasing the Bible says. When I first read this verse, I didn’t understand it. I thought it meant to literally pray 24/7 without stopping. I was a baby Christian then and like newborns, you don’t know much until you grow. I’ve been walking with The Lord a long time and now I understand what He means.
We should pray about everything. We need to talk to God every day, several times a day…our communication lines must be open to Him at all times. Life is difficult with so many avenues leading to different so-called escapes. People are so much into self-care, self-improvement that they leave God out completely. We’re still in a pandemic, the news continues to be bad and it goes on and on.
We are faced with making decisions all the time. We need guidance every day. We need peace for turmoil, healing for illness, safety from harm, meaning from chaos and fulfillment from lethargy. Only Jesus can fill the empty voids we have in our hearts.
It’s hard to believe that our God, perfect as He is, would want to have relationship with me. I sometimes can’t wrap my mind around it. I fail Him so much… I’m repenting for something every day!
When Paul said that evil was all around him, I get it! I’m under temptation to follow my own way, I don’t always have the right attitude, I get angry over stupid things and I don’t read my Bible as often as I should. Still, The God of the Universe wants to be in my life. It’s amazing grace!
Having said all that, I do pray A LOT more than ever. I love to talk to God about my feelings, how my day is going. I don’t just give Him my prayer requests for the day. I share my thoughts with Him. By having daily dialogue with Jesus, He shows me things that are hard or impossible to see otherwise.
I get creative ideas for my crafting ministry, who to pray for or reach out to. At times, He even opens my eyes to how He feels. Prayer keeps me encouraged. And what’s even better is to see prayers answered. That builds my faith and let’s me know God is listening to me.
He cares about my concerns. He sees my heart and honors our relationship. Yes, I have reached the place of praying without ceasing…meaning I pray first and I pray always.