“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
If you have been a follower of Jesus very long, you have probably read the words above and been challenged to pray more. But what does that look like? How do we pray without ceasing? Does it mean we have to pray in public? Do we have to close our eyes? Do we need to find a closet to pray in private? Is prayer just a ‘rabbit’s foot’ for Christians?
Many of these questions float through our brain as we tackle this topic, and this blog is not going to thoroughly cover it. But let’s start the day with a few quotes on prayer from past followers of Jesus. Hopefully they will get us started having those ‘pray without ceasing’ conversations with Jesus.
When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message. ~ Oswald Chambers
Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other’s hearts in prayer. ~ Charles Finney
It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone. ~ Hudson Taylor
The great people of the earth today are the people who pray, (not) those who talk about prayer.but I mean those who take time and pray.
Work, work, from morning until late at night. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall have to spend the first three hours in prayer. ~ Martin Luther
Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God. ~ Oswald Chambers
Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine. ~ Andrew Murray
Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers. ~ J. Sidlow Baxter
God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede. ~ Oswald Chambers
Prayer is not only asking, but an attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural. ~Oswald Chambers
So, what is God showing you about praying without ceasing?