Pray without ceasing

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

I’ve heard some say that this means we ought to be always ready to pray, but that is not what it says. It says pray without ceasing. “Without ceasing” means without ending. Pray without ceasing means we are always praying – always in communication with God. How could that be? I mean, we have to work and we have to sleep sometime. Consider the following passage:

In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 6 And Solomon said, Thou hast showed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. 14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. 15 And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants. 1 Kings 3:5-15

Are you sure you can’t communicate with God while you are sleeping? Solomon’s conversation with God – probably his most well-known conversation – was while Solomon slept. The Lord spoke with Jospeh and the wise men in dreams.

Back in 1995, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. He was unsaved and I was heavily burdened about his salvation. I sought to get closer to God so that I could be an effective witness to my dad. It was during this time that God taught me how to pray without ceasing. My thoughts were consumed with seeing my dad saved. I began to seek God as much as I could. I began praying throughout the day. Even while I was working, I was praying and still able to focus on my job. I don’t undertand it all, but somehow God enables us to do our physical tasks while communicating with him in the spirit. Even while I slept, I had many dreams about witnessing to my dad and seeing him saved.

If you desire something strong enough, God can teach you to pray without ceasing.

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