Thinking of Prayer as Jesus Taught

May 26th, 2015 by Dave Leave a reply »

Pray without ceasing… —1 Thessalonians 5:17

Our thinking about prayer, whether right or wrong, is based on our own mental conception of it. The correct concept is to think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts. Our blood flows and our breathing continues “without ceasing”; we are not even conscious of it, but it never stops. And we are not always conscious of Jesus keeping us in perfect oneness with God, but if we are obeying Him, He always is. Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life of the saint. Beware of anything that stops the offering up of prayer. “Pray without ceasing…”— maintain the childlike habit of offering up prayer in your heart to God all the time.

Jesus never mentioned unanswered prayer. He had the unlimited certainty of knowing that prayer is always answered. Do we have through the Spirit of God that inexpressible certainty that Jesus had about prayer, or do we think of the times when it seemed that God did not answer our prayer? Jesus said, “…everyone who asks receives…” (Matthew 7:8). Yet we say, “But…, but….” God answers prayer in the best way— not just sometimes, but every time. However, the evidence of the answer in the area we want it may not always immediately follow. Do we expect God to answer prayer?

The danger we have is that we want to water down what Jesus said to make it mean something that aligns with our common sense. But if it were only common sense, what He said would not even be worthwhile. The things Jesus taught about prayer are supernatural truths He reveals to us.

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Journal, DJR
Good morning Lord,
This sounds so right … to pray without ceasing, to breath in and breath out prayer all the time. But my rambling mind just seems to run off on it’s own and soon I am far away from what I think would be called praying without ceasing. What’s the best way to proceed? I know I’ll never perfect this on this side of heaven and I’m so glad that you understand that and still accept me. But I do want to get better at it.

You are right. I accept you and I’m glad you want to get better at it. Because when you are breathing prayer in and out is when we are most connected. There are several things to do. Start your days with commitment to live this way. Then arrange some reminders to pull you back from the chaos of the thoughts of the world. Regularly spend some time in the “holy of holies” with me. You will develop a taste for it and it will no longer be work. Trust me on this. Discussion is almost useless. The Holy of Holies and prayer without ceasing must be experienced. So come on in. I’m waiting for you.

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