Think about how you breathe. You inhale, then you exhale. Now, this pattern continues on and on until the death. This is because breathing is a necessary function for human survival. Without it, nobody would be able to live on this earth. Oxygen wouldn’t fill our lungs, our body wouldn’t produce energy, and then we would cease to exist. Now, think of this in relation to how we commune with the Lord in prayer: both are constant. A healthy, intimate prayer life consists of frequent time spent with the Lord in devotion.
Constant, frequent prayer is healthy for all believers. We thrive off of our relationship with the Father, and must be active in it. In fact, it is completely necessary that we continue to dive deeper into this covenantal relationship every single day through reading His word, enjoying fellowship with other believers, and through prayer. No growth would be had if these three practices were not frequently being utilized. Prayer, perhaps, is the most important part of these three. While reading God’s Word is important (and should absolutely be done every single day), it must be done in light of prayer. In order to truly hear and act upon Scripture, prayer has to happen. Whether that be praying for an open, humble heart before reading, or responding in prayer after reading and begging the Father to conform to His Word (that is namely Jesus), it must not be forgotten. Likewise, the same must go for engaging in fellowship with others.
Prayer, however, is not limited to the realm of these two key components of a healthy Christian life; rather, prayer can be done at all times and in all places. Robust prayer is always being in an attitude of companionship with the Father.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 ESV
Notably so, this is a daunting task that is easier said than done. How “do I pray without ceasing”? What does this look like? These are excellent questions that must absolutely be dwelled upon.
Praying without ceasing is walking with God, in the light of God. Adam, before the tragedy that corrupted all of humanity, walked with God. His presence was with Adam and Eve in the garden (Genesis 3:8), so they were constantly walking with Him. Quite similarly, because we “have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13 ESV), we can now walk with God. Furthermore, though, we get to walk with God knowing that He is always dwelling within us; we get to walk with Him, in light of Him.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV
At all times should we be in prayer. Has a tragedy happened? Pray. Has something really amazing happened? Pray. Are you troubled? Pray. Are you driving? Pray. Are you reading God’s Word? Pray. Figuring out when to pray is just like breathing; it is done all the time.
“With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?Micah 6:6-8 ESV
- Do you pray without ceasing?
- How can you be in constant prayer with God?
- What are some things that you can always talk to God about on a consistent basis?