What is your response if I were to say “Never stop praying!?” It seems a tall order doesn’t it! But what if it is possible and what difference would this make to your life?
Let’s see, shall we?
Never stop praying.
1 Thessalonians 5:17, NLT
This short little verse included in Pauls letter to the Thessalonians is precise, simple and to the point! He tells us to never stop praying.
“But it’s not that simple is it?!”
I hear you.
“I have kids”, ” I work full time”, “I have responsibilities.”
These are all very good reasons (not excuses) you may find yourself saying.
Yes, I agree, life can get busy & hectic and we want to fit prayer time with the Lord into our day, we really do- but. there. just. isn’t. enough. time.
I get it.
But what if I were to tell you that, even despite your busyness in life you should still never stop praying and it is possible!
Ok, ok, bear with me here. Let’s begin with why.
Why Should You Never Stop Praying
Firstly, because the Bible tells us, GOD tells us to never stop praying. He wants us to be in communication with Him. He created us and wants a relationship with us and communication is one of the most important factors in any relationship. Therefore, if you are wanting to become closer to God, to improve and strengthen your relationship with Him then you need to be in communication, prayer, with Him throughout your day. Also, keep in mind here, communication and relationship should be a two way street. He is there for us ALL the time, we can check in with Him, connect with Him, be filled with the Holy Spirit whenever we like and as much as we want and ask for. Therefore, it is your choice how much of Him you let into your life.
Additionally, you are not just to talk to Him but to listen to what He has to say to you too. If you want to know how to hear Him then check out Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening.
Secondly, because when we’re in this relationship with Him, and are born again (by the Spirit), we are blessed with the fruits of the Spirit; peace, love, joy, self- control. The closer to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit you become the more you will experience these fruits in your life.
How to Never Stop Praying
Did you know that there is more than one way to pray?
- The Lords Prayer; we are taught exactly how we should be praying right there.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
Matthew 6:9-13, NIV
2. Talking to God; speaking with our hearts and mouth to God either quietly or out loud. On our own and with others. Go into your own quiet space and have time 1:1 with Him where you haven’t got any distractions. Be sure to join a Bible believing church and prayer meeting.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
3. Using scripture; praying scripture over others, ourselves and situations, is a simple but powerful way to pray. For instance;
“Lord, help [me/ name] to do everything through your strength and not [my/ our] own” (Philippians 4:13)
“Lord, guide [me/ name] along the right path, advise [me/ name] what to do and where to go and watch over [me/ us] and keep me safe.” (Psalm 32:8)
“Lord, help [me/ name] to love you and serve you wholeheartedly, help [me/ name] to obey you and walk in your ways only.” (Joshua 22:5)
There’s way too much to cover in one post, so check back next Monday for part two and more ways in which we can incorporate prayer into and throughout our day so you too can learn how to never stop praying.
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