Never Stop Praying
1 Thessalonians 5:17
We say it all the time. It has become part of our lingo, and we don’t realize we are saying it. Most church meetings begin with these words: Let’s have a quick word of prayer. The underlying message is, “Before we get to the important stuff, let’s rush through the God stuff.” It happens all the time. It has permeated our entire Christian culture. When was the last time you heard someone say, “We have so many needs, concerns, and opportunities that we need God to intercede. So let’s have a long word of prayer.”
Prayer isn’t something to rush through to get to the important thing. Prayer is the important thing!
Martin Luther was once asked what his plans for the following day were, and he answered: “Work, work, from early until late. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” The busier he got, the more he prayed. In today’s world, we tend to do the opposite. When we get busy, we often reduce or eliminate our time with the Lord.
In 2 Thessalonians 5:17, Paul encourages us to pray without ceasing. He tells us to keep the lines of communication with the Father open at all times, in every circumstance. Paul’s encouragement is for us to have a life of prayer. Our lives should be one continuous prayer. Remember, we shouldn’t just pray for the work. Prayer is the work. Be quick to pray…not pray quickly. Let’s have a long word of prayer!
What does “Pray Continually” mean to you? What obstacles keep you from a life of prayer?
Father, please forgive me for praying quickly when I should be praying constantly. Help me to not rush through my prayer times and dishonor You. Teach me, Lord, to pray.
devotion by Steve Gillespie