“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, KJV).
How can I possibly pray continually throughout the day when I have other things that I need to do–like a job or to take care of others? Is it possible? Yes, it is. Because “praying without ceasing” is a state of mind and a state of spirit. The state of my mind determines the state of my spirit. If I am yielded to Him, then my mind is also yielded, and my spirit is willing. “Praying without ceasing” is not going through my day constantly praying without taking care of the responsibilities God has given me. It happens when my will (my mind) has been yielded to His will. My mind has surrendered and has determined to be in a state of anticipated prayer. My spirit is surrendered to His Spirit, and it is ready at the moment His spirit within me calls for prayer. When He wishes me to pray, I am at His immediate call. My spirit rests in a state of anticipated prayer because I have surrendered my mind and my will.
Life is fragile. I am constantly reminded of this fact. Friends and family pass away. Accidents happen. Sickness comes. Suffering comes. Heartbreak comes. But He tells me to “rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV). In this breakable life, He is the only unbreakable constant. No matter what I face or what is to come, I will rejoice—I will pray continually, and I will give thanks because it is His will. But it is more than just His will. It is promise of love that as I give of myself He replenishes me with His purpose and peace. To pray continually is His promise of peace. If I have surrendered everything that brings joy or pain to Him through a yielded praying heart, then His peace will rule. Yearning to be on call for prayer will also rule in my heart, because I shall have experienced the miracle of His spirit praying through me.
I will stand ready for each prayer He beckons me to lay upon His altar. As I go through the responsibilities of the day, my spirit, yielded to His Spirit, will pray for what He has asked. My heart will rejoice in His call because I am in His perfect will. I will give thanks from a heart that is owned by the Master, and spirit-to-Spirit I will be complete.
Copyright 2017 Lynn Lacher