“Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.
What does it mean to pray without ceasing? Does prayer always require us to close the door, get on our knees? Do we have to be in a Church to pray? The answer is a big NO! Praying without ceasing is simply like breathing. Do you cease to breathe? No! unless of course the person is not alive anymore. So also, a believer in Christ, prays to the Father continuously, always, without ceasing. You pray to the Father when walking to your nearby store, when taking a walk or run, you talk to Him when taking a bath, you talk to Him when at work, you talk to Him about your work, you talk to Him when you are in the crowd, you talk to Him when alone or when you feel lonely. In short, you talk to Him all the time.
Talk to Jesus as if He is right next to you, indeed He is right next to you. Talk to Him, pour out your heart to Him, tell Him things you cannot even share with your closest companion. And thank Him in all things, for this is the will of God.
Dear reader, when you get that promotion, or when something good or bad happens, that sudden rush of emotions when you feel, instead of immediately calling your spouse or friend or colleague, first dial your Heavenly Father, your true Friend – Jesus Christ. Tell Him first and then take it to the rest.
Praying without ceasing is talking to God knowing that He is right next to you, in person. Praise Him, thank Him for all that He has done for you and for all that He is doing for you right now. Know for certain, when you shed that silent tear, He will be that shoulder for you to cry on, when you laugh and are excited about that promotion, He will celebrate with you. Whatever it is, He will be there for you and He will be with you, in all season, at all time, without taking any appointment.
Dear Lord, thank you for always being there for me. Lord, I praise you for who you are – the King of kings and Lord of lords, the maker of heaven and earth, my Lord and Saviour. Lord we ask you to help us to pray without ceasing, and giving you thanks in everything. Help us to have that intimate person relationship with you and be ready to me you on that great and awesome day of our Lord. In Jesus name, Amen!