Acts 12:5 says “prayer was made without ceasing” while Peter was in prison. Okay, an intense circumstance calls for intense, prolonged prayer.
In Romans 1:9 Paul says, “without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” (KJV). Sure, Paul wanted ministry to be effective in the capital of the Roman world so I can understand his constant prayers for the Roman Christians.
Paul tells Timothy, “without ceasing I remember you night and day in my prayers” (AMP). Right, the mentor is going to be passing the baton to his protege so I can understand his passionate prayer.
And then the Apostle Paul drops this one on all of us: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Seriously?!? How do I do this? I cannot be on my knees all day. I can’t even walk around praying all day. Or can I?
Prayer lists are a good start, but what about the rest of the day? I’ve been trying to build in reminders to pray in my day –
- The necklace I wear is a gift from a friend… I breathe a quick prayer for him whenever I feel it slide.
- When I see the ring on my finger from The Silver Ring Thing I pray for the purity of my children and the purity of their future spouses.
- The carved pen on my desk is from missionary friends in Malawi… I ask God’s blessing on them whenever I write with it.
- When I eat the lunch my wife packed for me, I pray that God will help her be an excellent teacher in her classroom.
- One of my mugs is from the Chi Alpha pastors at Western Michigan University… as I sip my morning tea, I pray for them.
These are just a few of the ways I’m trying to train myself to pray without ceasing. Feel free to comment on what helps you to remember to pray without ceasing?