January 5 How to Pray without Ceasing

January 5.
How to Pray without Ceasing.

Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people). EPHESIANS 6:18/

Thessalonians 5:17. It says, “Pray without ceasing.”

I used to wonder, Lord, how can I ever get to the place that I am able to pray without ceasing? To me the phrase “without ceasing” meant nonstop, without ever quitting. I couldn’t see how that was possible.
Now I have a better understanding of what Paul was saying. He meant that prayer should be like breathing, something we do continually but often unconsciously. Our physical bodies require breathing. Likewise, our spiritual life is designed to be nurtured and sustained by continual prayer.

The problem is that because of legalistic, religious thinking we have the mistaken idea that if we don’t keep up a certain schedule of prayer we are missing the mark. If we become too “religious” about prayer, thinking we must do it for a certain amount of time because that is how someone else does it, we will bring condemnation on ourselves. The important lesson about prayer is not the posture or the time or place, but learning to pray your way through the day. Pray in faith, at all times, in every place.
It is the Holy Spirit Who will lead you into a life of consistent prayer.

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