What Does It Mean To Pray Without Ceasing?

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV).

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We are reminded to be completely dependent on prayer for everything in life by this verse above. It may sound impossible but the good news is that it’s possible to pray without ceasing without much change to your daily schedule.

Here are 5 ways you can be praying without ceasing:

1. Be thankful to God

Psalm 100:4 says “enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

Start your day telling God how thankful you are for everything including the gift of life. You don’t have to say a long prayer here just thank Him from your heart for what He has already done.

2. Have a heart-to-heart talk with Him

Ephesians 6:18 “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”

Get real in your prayer life. You don’t have to be formal and use the same language all the time. Be yourself and have a simple conversation with God. Talk to Him like you would to a friend, sit down with a cup of coffee and just let the words pour out.

3. Pray while you work

Psalm 86:3 “Be gracious to me, O Lord, For to You I cry all day long.”

You don’t have to wait to pray while you’re in the church because you can pray when you’re doing daily chores or at your workplace. Pray for your family members while you do the laundry, pray for your child’s classmates, the teachers, your spouse, your workplace, your home.

4. Tell God what He knows already

2 Timothy 1:3 “I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day.”

God already knows everything about us and all that’s going on in our life but when we discuss it with Him and offer our thoughts to Him, it makes our relationship with God much deeper.

5. Pray while you are waiting

1 Thessalonians 3:10 “as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your faith?”

Most of us spend a lot of time waiting in line for many things, so why not turn that waiting time into a time of prayer where you pray for that person ahead of you in the line or for that family member who is lost in the world.

Prayer can be a constant time of conversation with the Lord and doesn’t necessarily have to happen at a church or prayer meeting. Open your hearts to the Lord today and allow Him to direct your ways in 2022. Pray for every little thing that happens in your family and you will see the hand of the Lord moving mightily in your lives. Amen.