"Pray without ceasing"

In the Bible we are directed, "Pray without ceasing" (I Thess. 5:17). That may sound reasonable for people whose lives were devoted to spreading God's Word two thousand years ago. But what about Christians today? After all, most of us also have jobs to do, families to raise, schoolwork to finish. Is there a way for us to pray without ceasing?

Perhaps a good way to answer that question is to examine our concept of prayer. The way Christ Jesus prayed is probably the best example and is best described as spiritual communion with God. While he did spend nights alone in prayerful solitude, at other times he must have been calmly and silently praying right in the middle of a bustling or even violent crowd. Whatever the circumstances, his prayer was based on a humble and confident understanding of God's willingness and power to help and heal. He continually acknowledged the spiritual oneness of God and His expression, man. This activity took place in consciousness and was not dependent on time, location, or surrounding.

Fame or real worth?
July 4, 1994

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