Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. (1Th 5:16-17)
As we approach the second coming of the Lord, God gives us (as He did the church at Thessalonica) some things we need to be found continually doing.
The first was “rejoice evermore”
The second requirement is that we are to “pray without ceasing”
Why should we pray without ceasing?
One reason is that we are always open to temptation.
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Mat 26:41)
A second reason is that others around us always need our intercession.
Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: (1Sa 12:23)
The principles of praying without ceasing
Never stop your prayers
Pray with importunity
I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. (Luk 11:8)
Pray without impatience, – not to faint!
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (Luk 18:1)
Never suspend your prayers
Never let holidays, vacations, or extra work keep you from your prayers. With time off or extra long work hours, pray MORE not LESS!
Never sacrifice your prayers
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: (Psa 66:18)
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (Luk 18:11-14)
By plotting – by reasoning and deception
Instead of relying on prayer, we resort to cheating, lying, and deception. I call it the Jacob syndrome
The practice of praying without ceasing
Pray in all PLACES
If I cannot pray there I must not go there.
Pray in all PERFORMANCES
If I am doing something and I cannot sincerely pray in it… or over it, I must not do it!
He who prays the most lives the best.
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