by pastor david
(1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV) “Pray without ceasing.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT) “Never stop praying.”
The First Epistle to the Thessalonians, from the pen of the Apostle Paul, is all about “Living in the Light of His Coming”. The emphasis throughout is the fact of Christ’s return to the earth for His church and our faith in that immutable fact. Paul is encouraging his readers to live in such a way as to welcome the return of the King; to walk in a manner pleasing to Him and to have a conscience that is not fearful at the thought of standing before our Lord.
As Paul made his closing remarks in Chapter Five, he tells those believers that they already know that “the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night” (5:2). In light of the imminent return of Christ, Paul then gives a number of practical instructions to guarantee their readiness for His return.
One of the most important directives given is found in (5:17 NKJV), where Paul simply and succinctly instructs his readers to “Pray without ceasing” or “Never stop praying”, as the New Living Translation reads. Obviously, that does not mean for us to go about our daily routine with our head down, our eyes closed, muttering a constant prayer under our breath. Nor does it mean that we are to cloister ourselves away in some monastery, secluded from the world, engaging in non-stop supplication.
What then does “Pray without ceasing” actually mean? To answer that question we must understand the prayer is both an act and an attitude. Not only are we to engage in prayer at specific times and places each day but also, we are to be in a constant attitude of prayer throughout the day.
There must be nothing in our lives about which we cannot pray.
When I think about praying, “without ceasing”, I picture myself walking through my day with Christ walking right by my side, step by step. There are times when we talk. There are times when we are silent. There are times when we laugh and at other times, we cry.
However, no matter where I am or what I am facing, whether comical or catastrophic, Christ is right there beside me, step by step. At times I call out to Him for help. At other times, I seek His advice. Much of the time is spent praising Him for who He is and thanking Him for what He has done in my life and family.
Even when there is no dialogue between us, I have His promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
Pastor David Boggs
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