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Praying ‘without ceasing’

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In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, the apostle Paul instructs Christians to ‘pray without ceasing’. How should we interpret this?

It’s obviously not a literal instruction, as it would be impossible for anyone to pray all day every day.

In Matthew 6, Jesus says the following:

“This, then is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

In light of the above, it seems to me that obeying Jesus and saying the Lord’s Prayer is certainly what we should do, and if we make this a daily practice, that would constitute ‘without ceasing’.

We may have prayer requests that arise throughout the day, and hopefully God doesn’t mind us taking these to Him. But by committing to saying the Lord’s Prayer every day, it would seem to me we are honouring the instructions of both Paul and Jesus.

What are your thoughts on Christian prayer? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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  1. Hello brother! Hope all is well with you. You asked the question at the end what is your view on Christian prayer? I certainly believe that Jesus showing us to pray was an amazing template to follow – the prayer models the following – Our father who are in heaven hallowed be your name (glorifying God and worshipping him, giving thanks) your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (pray for the Kingdom of God, for people to know Christ, for the earth to be filled with Gods righteousness and peace just as it is in heaven) give us today our daily bread (pray for whatever we need this day for others and ourselves) and forgive us our sins (seek Gods forgiveness) as we forgive those who sin against us (we too must forgive as God forgives us) lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil (God is not the tempter but the devil is, we can pray for God to keep us from temptation or to deliver from any temptation should we be tempted) for yours in the Kingdom, the power and glory, for ever and ever amen (God is worthy of all glory – all our prayers can bring God great glory). God bless 🥰

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