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Pray without ceasing

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by God's_Child, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. Pray without ceasing

    Paul says: "Pray without ceasing" (1Th.5:17)
    Can you give me a practical advice (not only theoretical), how to experience it in personal life?
     
  2. I look at this as always keeping your thoughts and inner conversation directed towards Christ. If you look at every thought you have, and every action you do, and everything you say as communicating in reverence to God, then very little you do could ever be called into question.
     
  3. Hello God's_Child,
    as you know the bible calls for us to rightly divide the truth. This passage has confounded a many a saints. How can anyone constantly pray? Well they cannot. This is how monks get started and they do not even accomplish it. The idea is not continual non stop prayer, but continually praying for our needs to live this life and obey the Lord. Staying in a mindset of prayer with our Lord

    The best way to understand what is being said is to look how the term is used in other passages.

    Rom 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

    it is clear that Paul is not saying that he never stops praying, but that when he does pray he mentions these people in his prayer.

    11Th 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

    Again Paul is not suggesting that he never thinks of anything but these peoples faith, love, and patients of hope. Rather he is assuring them that when they do come to mind these things always are at the forefront of his mind especially when he prays for them.

    There are other passages to look at but that was two. Paul prayed often, but never without ceasing. Even the Lord did not do that. Sometimes he preached or just talked or slept. So to keep this in perspective we are to keep in a spirit of prayer, (a mindset on God in all things) ready to pray on a moments notice.
    God bless
     
  4. I think Banarenth nailed it--it's a lifestyle of service to Christ. Don't dwell on things that are impure, but be ever thankful of your blessings and realize that they are all a result of God's grace. When you slip up, make amends immediately. Share the Word, help others...live as Christ tells us.
     
  5. I'm always talking to God...inner voice and outloud. Usually I'm sure He thinks I am muttering because I direct SO much His way.

    I'm not sure if that's praying without ceasing but that's what I do.
     
  6. So we may understand by "praying without ceasing" our everyday walking with Christ, sharing our thoughts and feelings with Him. And every moment we should remember (or have in our minds) that God sees and knows everithing we do. I mean to be closely related with Him, as David said: "I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved" (Ps.16:8)
    Am I right?:D
     

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