What does it mean to pray without ceasing? Pray without ceasing, comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.
There are probably more hectic days than not when you may find it hard to even pray, let alone pray without ceasing! This phrase has always jumped out at me. I wanted to share what this phrase means to me and hope that you will ponder and create your own meaning, too.
To Pray Without Ceasing Means First to Define Your Own Meaning of Prayer.
Prayer for me used to solely be finding a quiet place, then bowing my head, closing my eyes, addressing God with a Dear Heavenly Father, followed by a laundry list of requests, then wrapping it all up with an amen.
There is nothing wrong with this type of prayer. The Apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:6-7, Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This free mini course called Be Present with God will help you experience what it is like to pray without ceasing.
My Life Changing Understanding of Prayer
I’ve mentioned in prior writings of my pastor giving a sermon on prayer. The huge, life-changing, faith-changing wisdom I took from his message was: Prayer is talking to God, just like these words are talking to you on this page.
In this laundry list request method of prayer, were many times talking at God (at least I can say that for myself). Would you talk to your friends or spouse that way? It’s not how we participate in a relationship with someone. So, why would we talk to God in this way?
In our demanding world of responsibilities and to do lists, what happens if we just can’t seem to find time to pray for 10 to 20 minutes a day?
That’s Why We Pray Without Ceasing – Consider These Examples of Prayer
You can be anywhere and talk to God: in the car, at your desk, at the grocery store, or even in the shower. And what a blessing that you can talk in the car and no one looks at you strangely anymore. Thanks to Blue Tooth, everyone is seemingly talking to themselves on mobile phones! : )
Prayer is the breath of gratitude you exhale when you’ve just missed hitting the car in front of you that suddenly put on the brakes.
Prayer is the breath of wonder you inhale when you see an eagle fly overhead or witness a breathtaking sunset.
Prayer is a contented heart when you sit down for a cup of tea or coffee and just be for a while, conscious of God’s presence.
Prayer is the joy and love you receive when a cherished dog or cat rubs up against you. It’s a taste of the unconditional love God has for you.
Being Aware of God’s Presence Abiding Inside of You Allows You to Pray Without Ceasing
It’s keeping God top of mind instead of worry, anxiety, fear, doubt, stress, and busyness.
As you are conscious of God’s presence, you can lift a person up throughout your day. You can express gratitude for a job or a roof over your head, for clean drinking water at your fingertips, and so many other blessings.
When you pray without ceasing, you are rewarded with peace from God which surpasses all understanding.
Make a conscious choice to stop and take a deep breath throughout the day. I’ve started a habit in my journal where I write: Good Morning God, followed by a smile, a frown, or a neutral scribble. Part of the reason for the face is so I can see how my mood started that day. When I go back to read an entry later, I can see how the day unfolded. That little habit helps me to be conscious of my connection to God, saying good morning. Sometimes I’ll add Jesus and the Holy Spirit to my greeting. I choose to write Good Morning God as opposed to, Good God! It’s morning!
I am aspiring to live life as a prayer, pausing, petitioning, and praising, as I seek to live life with joy and flow and to pray without ceasing.
May you discover in your own way what it means to pray without ceasing. As always, I love hearing your thoughts in return by commenting below.
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“How many people like me that have been in church for many years and hear people say, ‘Get close to God,’ and you do these things, but you don’t feel close to God??? Your Be Present with God mini course provides a way to experience God on a deeper level. It allows you to feel that connection and to connect to God with your heart.” Thank you!!!
Jackie TrottmannSeptember 3, 2019 8:21 am
Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you loved it. : )
LindaSeptember 2, 2019 7:08 am
Love this article! No better place than walking in the Spirit and this is a perfect example. Blessings to you and your words of encouragement.
Jackie TrottmannMarch 1, 2019 5:32 pm
I have not read Brother Lawrence’s Practicing the Presence of God. Thanks for sharing that resource. I’ll check it out!
Peace to you,
Kent DickersonMarch 1, 2019 1:57 pm
You sound like you have already read Brother Lawrence’s Practicing the Presence of God. I thought I would mention it as a resource for others.
Jackie TrottmannDecember 19, 2018 12:52 pm
I’m glad the words were timely. Thanks for sharing. Can’t say enough about journaling and deepening my connection with God. I’m happy to hear that your journal. Here’s to your praying without ceasing.
Peace and blessings,
KayDecember 19, 2018 12:05 pm
Thanks Jackie for your constant and timely words. I believe I will take the approach of journal entries to help me to pray without ceasing and to be more thankful to God.
Jackie TrottmannSeptember 27, 2018 10:01 am
I couldn’t ask for a better response. I’m so glad. Thank you for letting me know. You’ve touched my soul too.
Peace to you,
TAWSeptember 10, 2018 7:49 am
Thank you this touched my soul