Sheila's Reflections

“Misplaced Pride”

May 2008

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.

A considerable portion of my life I’ve heard and read the scripture that instructs us to “pray without ceasing”. Now when I was an adolescent the understanding of this verse escaped me. You see, to my way of thinking there was no way to possibly fulfill this mandate. As my search to figure out how a person could “pray without ceasing” and get anything else accomplished intensified, the light bulb of understanding finally went off in my head. The answer was profound in its simplicity. Like others before me, I had been making something so simple, so hard! 

In my mind to “pray without ceasing” a person had to be on their knees, eyes closed, head bowed, and their voice lifted to get a prayer through to God. But it’s not what position the posture of our body is in…whether sitting, standing, lying down, walking, on our knees or flat on our faces that matters. Nor does it matter if we are driving, washing dishes, gardening, changing diapers, working on a construction site, sitting behind a desk, logged onto a computer, taking a test, or any other daily task we might find ourselves doing. What matters is the condition of our heart and keeping the lines of communication with the Father open, no matter the cost or personal sacrifice to us. To “pray without ceasing” calls for us to remain in a state of awareness, to the Lord’s promptings. Furthermore, it involves us keeping the lines clear of worldly static that clamors for our attention, and demands us to free the lines of un-confessed sin on our part. So, yes, you and I can “pray without ceasing”! But only if we choose to do so! 

May we give ourselves unto prayer in these coming months and bombard the portals of glory on behalf of the leaders of our nation, our local and state leaders, our military here and abroad as well as our church leaders from the pulpits to the pews. As we face uncertain days in the future, the challenge is for us to exercise our faith, fulfill our privilege, and assume our responsibilities as a believer, by “praying without ceasing”, until the Lord answers according to “His” will. It is up to each of us to take hold of this mighty weapon of prayer and stand strong in this fight of faith, regarding our future and our nation. 

James 5:16b – The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.     


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