Pray without ceasing. What an impossible task this seems! And while it is often said that Paul meant we should have an attitude of prayer, I think he also intended us to pray much more than we do.
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 WEB
Pray all the time.
In every circumstance. For the big things and in every little thing. This is one way we can help turn bad into good (Romans 8:28). Yes, it’s ultimately God who works all things for good. But our attitude makes a big difference too.
We get caught up in the busyness of life and all it’s little irritations. And some days it seems we can barely keep our heads above water. Just getting through the day is enough of a struggle, let alone remembering to pray!
Yet it’s in the trying moments (big and small) that we most need to pray!
1.Why don’t the kids keep their stuff picked up?
That’s the time to pray. Then if they’re tiny, take them by the hand and teach them to clean up, or if they’re older apply some form of discipline to help them remember. And instead of becoming frustrated, thank God that you have a family to clean up after. And pray for childless couples or those dealing with a newly emptied nest.
2. “How many times have I asked my spouse (or room-mate or sibling) not to do that?”
It’s time to pray. Fix what they did wrong, remembering that you too fall short. Be grateful for the fact that you’re not alone. Pray for those who suffer loneliness, or who have no one in their lives at all. And reach out to them if you can.
3. “Oh how I hate grocery shopping. The decisions, the impatient crowds and the slow cashiers!”
“Why can’t the cashier be faster, or slower? And why doesn’t she smile once in a while?” Have you thought to pray for her? Or for the grumpy gentleman who just left the store? Perhaps they’re bearing burdens and have no one to talk to. Pray the Lord will send someone their way.
And while you’re at it, thank the Lord that you have money for food and a home to eat it in. And use it as a great opportunity to pray for those who go without or who live in desperate need and grinding poverty. While also throwing some extra things in the cart for a needy person you know.
So often even in the midst of our day we overlook opportunities for prayer.
Chances to work at developing a continual habit of prayer along with an attitude of gratitude. And of turning difficult moments into conversation with God.
A daily quiet time with God is one of the important aspects of abiding in Christ. Without it we risk withering on the vine. Or at best we just keep time on a treadmill, never really going forward.
But nuturing an ongoing conversation with God is also important.
This lifeline can help us redeem life’s trials, frictions, and nuisances, and make them work for good.
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.”Romans 8:28 WEB
4 things continual prayer can help us do:
- Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
- Remember to rejoice always.
- Take our eyes off ourselves and focus on God and our needy world.
- And see the good that God is working out in every circumstance.
Do you remember to talk everything over with your Father?
He’s just waiting for your next thought – he never left the conversation in the first place!
Nurturing an ongoing conversation with God can help us redeem life’s trials, frictions, and nuisances, and make them work for good.Tweet