What Does It Mean to Pray Without Ceasing?


This is part 4 of 13 in my series on our voices. For parts 1 through 3, click here.

Have you ever been puzzled by the meaning of this verse?

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoicing always and giving thanks in all circumstances are pretty straightforward. But praying without ceasing? How are we supposed to pray constantly, without stopping, all of the time?

That’s not humanly possible, is it?

It doesn’t mean to pray all the time.

That isn’t possible. We have lives to live and things to do. We can’t constantly be on our knees praying out loud with our eyes closed. And that isn’t what God wants us to do….

Whatever you do, work heartily, as unto the Lord and not to men.

-Colossians 3:23

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

-Matthew 28:19

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…

-Romans 12:6

He wants us to work diligently. He wants us to witness to unbelievers. He wants us to use our gifts for good.

So what does it mean to pray without ceasing?

It’s about your mindset.

My pastor has used the image of going for a walk with someone you know well. You don’t feel like you have to talk all the time, but you are constantly aware of their presence with you so that you can exclaim over the beauty of nature, point things out, or make comments at any time.

It’s like that with God. Prayer without ceasing simply means that we have a mindset of prayer. We are always conscious of God with us, so that all throughout our normal activities we can breathe a quick prayer of, “Please, Lord” or “Thank you, God”, because we know that He will hear.

We don’t have to be on our knees, in our bedroom, with our eyes shut, to pray. Little prayers should be a part of our lifestyle, sprinkled throughout the day half-subconsciously because we are always aware of God’s presence.

Try to make this a habit in your life!

love, grace




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