What does that mean? How on earth can someone pray without ceasing?
As a teenager, I was attracted to what the Apostle Paul wrote in the following Scripture:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV)
God’s will for His children is to be continually rejoicing, always in prayerful communion with Him, and thankful in every situation, whether good or bad. That is how God wants us to live as His saints!
The idea of praying without ceasing captured my attention the most. On that day, I purposed in my heart to do it. I was learning to become a doer of the Word.
The Apostle James wrote:
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22 NKJV, emphasis added.)
Being aware of a truth is not enough, we have to actively do what God says, otherwise we are only fooling ourselves.
“If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13:17 NKJV, emphasis added.)
The blessing comes after we take action on what God tells us to do, not just from knowing it. For example, if we know that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we will receive no blessing at all from it unless we repent of our sins and receive Jesus as our Savior. That is being a doer of the Word!
This applies to everything God has instructed us to do in His Word. In order to receive the benefit of His promises, we have to do what He tells us to do. In the case of the opening passage of Scripture, we must learn to pray without ceasing.
The Apostle John wrote these interesting words:
“That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:3 NKJV, emphasis added.)
The King James Version uses the word “communion” in place of fellowship. I like that word because it implies communication. We can’t have fellowship with someone unless we communicate with them. When we pray without ceasing we are communing with the Father and with the Son. The Greek word for fellowship can also be translated “sharing.” When we pray without ceasing, we are simply sharing every moment of our day with our heavenly Father or the Lord Jesus Christ. We simply talk with them as we would with any other friend. God wants us to have a personal friendship with Him!
The Psalmist also wrote something very interesting:
“I have set the Lord always before me; because He is always at my right hand I shall not be move.” (Psalm 16:8 NKJV)
If we are a doer of the Word, then we will make this our practice every day, to keep the Lord always with us. He is present in our homes, businesses, in the store, driving down the highway, even while walking the dog! When we picture the Father or Jesus in this way, it will be easier to talk to Him. He loves it when we choose to be aware of how close He is!
Notice also in the opening Scripture that we are to rejoice always and give thanks in everything. In our fellowship with God, our prayer life should involve rejoicing in Him, lifting up our hearts in praise, and being thankful. When we practice that, we will be amazed at how much joy and peace we feel, even when things are not going well in our circumstances. That is what praying without ceasing is!
You are holy, dear saint!
Have you learned the secret of always being in communion with God? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]