How Do You Do “Without Ceasing”?

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?

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3 Responses to “How Do You Do “Without Ceasing”?”

  1. Kelly L. Mosher Says:

    I try to be effective in my ministry by habitually making my first waking thought and words, ” Good morning Lord.” Shortly thereafter, I know it has to be some form of devotion, scripture usually and any number of other devotional tools. Throughout the day, my prayers consist often of quick confession and repentance for sinful thoughts or actions; sometimes it’s prayer for the hurting people I see everywhere; less often, unfortunately, I pray for wisdom for my next destination. I regulary give thanks for the food I receive. (When I’m not in public, I raise my plate like Jesus did the fish & loaves. A new focus for me too is on this meal prayer ‘as often as I do this, (take in food), I now remember Jesus’ body and blood for me.)
    Some seasons of my life, when I’ve compromised obedience, attention to prayer is woefully neglected. Those are unhappy days and I hope becoming fewer and further between. All that being said, even with this smattering of prayer, I have an admittedly weak prayer life. Far too seldom have I set aside specific, quiet, one-on-One face-time with God. I did do this recently and it was wonderful! Thanks for reminding me!
    When I asked God recently to help me catch a bus, I heard Him say, “Run.” When I ask God to bless so and so, I hear Him say, “OK- let’s do it.”

    Appreciate the check-up

  2. Kirk and Jayne Says:

    What a great post about prayer, what a reminder that we should pray throughout the day like we pick up the phone and speak to a friend without hesitation we should speak to Jesus without hesitation and unlike a friend may be too busy to listen, Jesus will always LISTEN!
    Thanks Pastor Craig for praying for us here and when we are in Malawi!

  3. Tootie Says:

    As a mother I have prayed for our children while folding their laundry. While ironing my husband’s shirts I have asked God to give him wisdom. While washing dishes, who-so-ever that came to mind, I ask the Lord to meet their need. I was blessed as the prayers went up. Prayer becomes an easy discipline.


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