2007-10-31 - Prayer Help
1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.
This seems like a simple enough command. Does it mean we should bow beside
our bed with eyes closed 24/7? No if that were the understanding of it then
the apostles would have never left the upper room and the church carrying
the gospel with it would not have spread around the world.
According to one commentary source, this verse could perhaps be better translated
from the Greek as pray without intermission. Do not let your mind wander
in and out of prayer during your prayer times. This is hard for me especially
if I'm trying to spend any length of time in prayer but here are two tips
that help me.
Journal your prayers. This simply means keep a written record of your prayers.
I use a small journal and starting at the back of it, I write requests with
the date I first wrote it down. I always leave a gap to record God's answer
and the date of his answer. God always answers. Sometimes he delays the answer
or doesn't answer in the way I expected so it may take me some time to recognize
that he answered my prayer but I have faith that he will in fact always answer
my prayer so I leave space to record those answers. I also highlight them
when I record the answer. I start my prayers with these petitions and thank
him for those he has answered. Then starting at the front of the journal,
I write out word for word my prayers minus these petitions. Reading and writing
my prayers in this manner keeps me from wandering around the rooms of my
Pray the scriptures. Sometimes when I study a passage of scripture I pray
the scripture back to God - claiming the promises and asking for guidance
to avoid those things that it may speak against. Sometimes I may prayerfully
read a passage multiple times before I think I have prayed it all out.
I hope these tips will help you in your prayer life.
All verses are from KJV except where otherwise noted