Never stop praying

November 23rd, 2009

The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “never stop praying” in the NLT or to “pray continually” as the NIV puts it. Both of these translations give us a clear thought of being in constant conversation with God. For me this works out in a couple of ways.

1. Set times – Each day I have a time set aside to pray to God. This is where I sit with my prayer journal and write the things down that are on my heart or people have asked me to pray about. Once the list is written out, I then pray my way through them. It is formal and structured, but there is still room to hear from God or add extra things in.

2. On the journey – This is simply praying as I go about my daily life. I try to think of it as having an open telephone line to God. At any time of the day or night, no matter where I am, I can call on Him. I might be asking for wisdom or guidance, help in what I am doing, asking what He wants me to do next, praying for a friend or family member, or asking for protection. They are the things that come up as I go about my day.

So am I saying that I pray at every minute of the day? No, of course not! I just want to have an attitude of prayer where I  am trying to be connected to God as much as I can. My heart is to be in tune with the Creator of the universe so I can call on Him when I need help or guidance…or where He can call on me when He wants me to do something for Him.

God Bless,

Dave