Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
I’ve been thinking about this command and what it means, not only with the understanding that we are instructed to pray, but also about what it reveals about the character of God. Our Heavenly Father wants to hear from us! He stands ever at the ready to hear our prayers and answer them, always for our good and His Glory. The truth of that should shake my soul from its self-absorbed slumber and shine a light on the darkness that is prayerlessness.
I stand convicted of not praying enough. And I don’t mean a mere checking off of prayer from my ”To Do” list, but rather, my lack of an earnest outpouring of heart that flows from true humility and an understanding of who God is and what He has done for me, the sinner. Where once I was lost and hopeless, by God’s Grace upon Grace I now stand forgiven, justified, adopted and in the process of being conformed to the image of His Son.
Prayerlessness is the result of a heart not set on these glories of the Gospel! I often allow the distractions of daily life to interfere. Mere frivolities derail my prayers. The Word says, “Pray without ceasing.” Not, ”Check your email without ceasing.” Not, “Worry without ceasing.” And, certainly not, “Complain without ceasing.”
The Lord invites us to approach His Throne of Grace, boldly. For those of us in Christ, the veil that blinded us to our sin and separation from God has been graciously lifted. We can see our need. We have been given the understanding that each day requires more strength and wisdom than we can muster. In this life, we need help, forgiveness, refreshment and hope. The truth of the Gospel informs us. We do not have the option to pray, we must pray.
Lord, help me to be devoted to prayer, unwavering in my practice of prayer. Remind me to pray each time the opportunity presents itself and to be ever mindful of my dependence upon You. May the realities of Gospel truth compel me to present myself humbly and often before Your Throne.
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel