“Pray without ceasing”, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, if taken literally it tends to interfere with life. If all I do is pray, how much time is left for work, recreation or sleep?
Thing is, it is meant literally, pray, pray and pray some more. Pray when you wake up, on the way to work, while working, at lunch. Pray all afternoon, at dinner and in the evening. At bedtime and in your dreams.
Verse 18 goes on to say “give thanks in ALL circumstances, this is the will of God”. So ALL circumstances, the good, the everyday, your need, your want, everything. Pray for everything all the time. Verse 22, “Abstain from every kind of evil”, prayer deflects our thoughts, places God in the forefront. As simple as this seems a conversation with God all day long, starting and stopping thru out our day turns us from evil to Christ. Mark 14 :38, we are told to pray so that “we won’t enter into temptation”, hard to mess up while having a conversation with the Creator. Prayer, a posture created by Him to protect us from evil, calling on Him to take the lead in our thoughts, feelings and desires. As we begin to talk with Him constantly, seeking direction, confirmation and companionship He responds as only a loving Lord can.

Just a thought

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