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Praying Without Ceasing

Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”


These words sum up what the prayer life of a Christ follower looks like. The “pray without ceasing” threw me off at first, because people would think it strange if I never stopped praying. I heard someone say, “praying without ceasing does not mean closing your eyes and putting your head down while driving.” Figured that one out on my own. In his book Max on Life, Max Lucado shares a great perspective:


​Unceasing prayer may sound complicated, but it needn’t be that way. Do this. Change your definition of prayer. Think of prayers less as an activity for God and more as an awareness of God. Seek to live in uninterrupted awareness. Acknowledge his presence everywhere you go. As you stand in line to register your car, think, Thank you, Lord, for being here. In the grocery store as you shop, think, Your presence, my King, I welcome. As you wash the dishes, worship your Maker. Brother Lawrence did. This well-known saint called himself the “lord of all pots and pans.” In his book The Practice of the Presence of God, he wrote:


The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if on my knees at the blessed sacrament.


​Besides, it makes more sense to talk to God than mumble to yourself.


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How can I find ways to add prayer to daily activities and draw people to Christ?



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—Mike