The Challenge to Pray 2/2/2018

1 Thessalonians 5:15-18

15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for yourselves and for all.  16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing. 18 In everything, give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

The apostle Paul tells us in Thessalonians 1:17 to “pray without ceasing.”  Prayer is earnest communion with God – not just thinking about what you want to ask of God, but literally submitting our query to Him.  Prayer should continue until the concerns are fulfilled.  This type of prayer may require a long-term commitment.  God desires this type of communion with all of His children.

Throughout His time on Earth, Jesus was in constant communion with His Father.  Many times He was in prayer; other times He was not praying but rather he was conversing, as with a friend.  When asked by His disciples on how to pray, Jesus instructed them to pray in a sequence that is well known now as the Lord’s Prayer.  In Luke 18:1, Jesus instructed His disciples to “always pray and not give up.”

Since the beginning of His creation of life on Earth, God has desired to have a relationship with His people.  As He draws us closer to Him, we begin to grasp just how much He really loves and cares for us. Our prayers for healing, His provision, thanksgiving, joy and faith all bring us closer to His ever-loving, beautiful, wonderful, healing presence.  We just need to pray!!!

~Gary Loveland

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