Pray Without Ceasing
One of the most challenging scriptures is in 1 Thessalonians 5:16, “Pray without ceasing.” Pray without stopping? How do we do that? How does that work? We need to live, think and operate the life that we live. God’s heart is that we would be constantly connected to Him each and every moment we breathe. Prayer is a major part of our walk with God. We talk to Him and He talks to us. We often see prayer as just asking God for things we need but it’s more than that, it’s a posture of closeness and connection with God on the daily. Thessalonians is letting us know that God is always speaking to us. As we pray it’s not all about asking but often about listening to what God is speaking to us. In the car, at work, at the gym or on the train, God is constantly speaking into our lives.
In saying that there are times where we need to come before the throne of Grace in request to an Almighty God. There are moments in our life where we need to get on our knees and cry out to our loving Father believing, desiring and needing great and mighty works from our King. It is in these moments where our prayers are on purpose. It is in these moments where our prayers soar from earth to Heaven and make a roaring sound in the throne room of Grace. It is these prayers that Joshua prayed when he needed the sun to stand still. It is these prayers that Moses prayed when he needed God to part the Red Sea. It is these prayers that the Apostles prayed when they needed God to do an amazing miracle. These are the prayers we need to be praying in our lives for God to do the impossible and change our world. Sickness, debt, pain, trials and struggles all arise in our lives and although a constant walk with God is His heart, there are moments where we need to drop to our knees and cry out to a King for His power to overflow in our lives.
God is capable of moving mountains but it is our prayers that unleash His power in our lives. As a church we need to be praying and believing that God does and is going to do unimaginable things in our lives as we Pray on Purpose.