1 Thessalonians 5:17
pray without ceasing
- Prayer is our privileged access to the Creator of the universe.
- Prayer is the key to our staying in a state of grace.
- Prayer is talking to the Father.
- Prayer is an utmost responsibility of the believer.
- Prayer is invigorating.
- Prayer is calming and peaceful to a troubled spirit.
- Prayer is fellowship with God.
- Without prayer we cannot please God.
James 5:16 – “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
- Confession of sins to another believer is a humbling experience and prayer for a friend in need is a delight of the soul.
I Samuel 12:23-25 – “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.”
- How often do we hear of a need and we immediately say we will pray. Then we walk away from the person expressing the need and forget all about it. Shame, shame on us. Prayer is a solemn obligation and is even more so when we say “we will pray.”
Luke 21:36 – “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Isaiah 59:1 – “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.”
I Samuel 14:6 – “Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, ‘Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few.’”
- When we firmly realize the possibilities of answered prayer, why then, do we not pray?
I John 5:14-15 – “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
- Anything that is within His will is worthy of prayer. You have not because you ask not.