If there were a court judge and a citizen (plain ordinary citizan) continued incessant emails, phone calls and letters secondary to a frank wrong that was done to them; such an ‘offense’ even in the eyes of a ‘self focused’ judge would be moved to assign one of his juniors to research the case, its issues and validity.
Mind you, it this magistrate was self absorbed with importance, her or his ‘peace of mind’ would be set asunder by the ‘onslaught.’ Sound familiar?
How can I pray without ceasing? Praying without ceasing is a biblical term found in the Apostle Paul’s first letter to Thessalonica: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, KJV). The Greek word “without ceasing” means continuous action. Therefore, “praying without ceasing” means to pray continuously.
How to pray without ceasing — a heart attitude
- How does one pray continually? We cannot always be on our knees. With the daily demands on our busy lives, we are fortunate to kneel in prayer even a few minutes each day. However, the context of this passage gives us a clue. This passage focuses on heart attitude. “Rejoice always” is an attitude of joyfulness. Giving thanks in everything also requires a mental attitude of thankfulness. How do we rejoice and give thanks? Through prayer! Therefore, effective prayer is a proper heart attitude: a mental outlook of joyful thanksgiving. It expresses itself throughout the day with silent prayers of vital communication with the LORD.
- Maintaining a healthy relationship requires communication. Always be “on line” with God so when the Spirit moves you to pray, you can instantly agree with Him. The Holy Spirit prays for us with inexpressible groans (Romans 8:26). When in agreement with the Spirit, we are praying continuously. The heart attitude of praying without ceasing means an ever-open heart to the Lord’s leading.
- If we are praying without ceasing — even while driving, changing the baby, washing dishes, or running a lawn mower — we can be open to the leading of the Spirit when He urges us to pray for something or someone. At that time, we can agree with God and make a mental note to add that concern to our later prayer time.
- Praying without ceasing doesn’t take the place of time alone in prayer with God. However, it is a joyful experience to unite with the LORD who lays burdens on our hearts. We can’t always stop and kneel, but our heart attitude can still be “praying without ceasing.”
Praying without ceasing is sometimes really difficult when it seems like God is not answering…
Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And The Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly.
However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the Earth?”
Faith! To God be The glory! We touch on this again! Y’all we live by faith and not by sight, Amen.
Ask and you shall recieve! Seek and you shall find, Amen. Matthew 7:7
And we tie it all together with this parable:
A Friend Comes at Midnight
And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
We are known, Amen. The Creator of the Universe sees ALL, Amen. Just what is meant by Universe?
The physical Universe is defined as all of space and time (collectively referred to as spacetime) and their contents. Such contents comprise all of energy in its various forms, including electromagnetic radiation and matter, and therefore planets, moons, stars, galaxies, and the contents of intergalactic space.
This is what is seen! We have touched on the unseen… So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18
We can tear this down. With a mind on a Science bend, we are made up of unseen bits – electrons, protons, neutrons, isotopes…how did they come together? So many theorems abound. IF it is/was totally by chance, on all the other planets? We have telescopes – The Hubble for one and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), it will be 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, and is tipped to be fully operational within the next three years. (This was written in October 2019).
But to focus on fact, we are yet to find a species in a seemingly endless Universe like we are. As we read The Word, we are Created in God’s image, we are here temporarily to learn to appreciate existence. Yes! Many challenges, so many. You were created for a purpose, with a reason! Find it!
We started this share with the reason to ask and keep asking. Knock and keep knocking! You want to go in? Don’t stop knocking! There is Someone in there!
Right quick, let us pray:
Almighty God, our Father Who art in Heaven, You See all and Know all things, Amen. We lay our faults, weaknesses and sin at Your Feet. LORD, we ask to be cleansed with The blood of Jesus, Amen.
We desire to be white as snow in Your eyes. Wash us Lord, watch us Father, we commit our every step into Your Hands LORD, Amen.
Your Will be done in our lives, Amen. LORD, direct the desires of our hearts, Amen. We desire to be under You, covered by Your Wings of grace, Amen.
Go before, in, around, behind, be over us, support us, possess us LORD we ask in Jesus’ name, Amen. Lord we decree in The name of Jesus that You shine through us, Amen