Pray Without Ceasing - Constant Communication
When some people think of prayer, they envision families holding hands at meal times or parents kneeling by beds with their little ones whispering, “Now I lay me down to sleep…”
But prayer is appropriate anytime, any place.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 it says we are to "Pray without ceasing." This scripture does not suggest that we are to be always on our knees or at church, after all, we have jobs to do and families to take care of. Rather this scripture reminds us that prayer is not to be confined to a particular time of day or location. We can be in constant communication with our Heavenly Father by just talking with Him throughout our day.
God is ready and willing to have a conversation with us any time of day or night.
Recently there was a particular matter that weighed heavy on my heart. I didn’t have time to stop what I was doing and take a posture of prayer. As I cleaned my son’s room, I quietly talked to God. I used the prompt to worry as an opportunity to bring God’s attention to the matter. I let Him know what I was thinking and thanked Him for His favor per my previous prayers on the matter. I didn’t let my responsibilities prevent my prayers.
Don't just save a prayer for your devotional time in the morning. Be open to different times and locations to pray. Use your imagination and pray throughout the day.
▪ Pray for the meeting you are about to go into.
▪ Pray for the meeting you just left.
▪ Journal your prayers.
▪ Get a prayer app for your smart phone.
▪ Kneel when you pray.
▪ Pray when you walk.
Lord, help me to understand what praying without ceasing means. I want a closer walk with You; to go throughout the day with more of Your perspective and peace. Lead me in the ways you are calling me to pray and help me to obey.
For You and Your Child
Using a combination of furniture and pillows, create a maze/obstacle course in your home. Blindfold your child and verbally guide them through the room with commands such as "turn right," "turn left," or "step up." Now and then pause. When you stop talking your child should stop moving. Once they have completed the course, talk to them about how this game relates to prayer. To navigate the path they could not see, they had to listen to the voice of someone who could see. When we are in constant communication with God through prayer, He can guide and direct our steps, just as you did for your child.
This post is Day 15 of the series 31 Days of Teaching my Kids About Prayer.