1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)

17 Pray without ceasing.

What did the apostle Paul mean by “pray without ceasing” (1Thes. 5:17)?

How is it possible to carry on with normal life while praying without a break?

First, the apostle did not mean that we should walk around all day mumbling prayers t God. Rather, he taught that we could live in a constant attitude of prayer, even as we go about our daily routines. Of course, on some days we’ll pray much more than on others. But regardless of the particular items on our “to do” list for that day, we can maintain a natural attitude of prayer that encompasses our whole lives.

When we develop such a prayerful outlook, prayer becomes our first instinct any time we face a challenge or encounter a difficulty. When we maintain an attitude of prayer, we don’t even have to think about moving from first gear to second, from an attitude of prayer to the practice of prayer.

 It never occurs to us that we should not pray.

Should you pray about trivial matters? Yes!

God listens to every prayer. Since He is interested in every aspect of our life, He invites you to pray about whatever concerns you, interests you, confuses you, frightens you, or in any way touches or challenges your life. Prayers to find lost glasses or to mentally retrieve forgotten information are both worthy requests.

God has called us to be people of prayer.

Regular communication on the level creates intimate fellowship with the Savior. Through prayer we discover the goodness and faithfulness of God. But while taking time to get alone with God is the ideal, we don’t have to limit ourselves to such times. God hears our prayers no matter where we pray.

The devotional writer Oswald Chambers encourages us to put “reckless” confidence in God. He says that too often we limit our praying precisely because we do not cast ourselves on His grace and mercy.  Will outsiders consider such wild trust in God foolhardy, even madness? Probably, but so what?

Only through prayer can we tap into the limitless resources of God.

Only by praying can we test the Lord’s promise: “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14).

Prayer is one of the best ways we have to remind ourselves that God is our gracious heavenly Father and that we are His much-loved children.

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