Paul said that believers should pray without ceasing. A Christian’s persistence is an expression of faith that God answers prayer.
They say that God answers our prayers in three ways, “Yes,” “No,” and “Wait.” His instant “Yes” may be what we have always wanted. His “No” perhaps is His protection and redirection. But what if He says “Wait”? Or worse, what if He doesn’t answer according to our timeline? How long are you willing to continuously pray without giving up?
Faith shouldn’t die if the answers come slowly, for the delay may be God’s way of working His will. We cannot spend all our time on our knees, but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude at all times. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering – in ways that He knows are best.
So today, you will learn the how’s of a lifestyle of prayer and why it pays to pray without ceasing.
What Does It Mean to Pray Without Ceasing?
Prayer, for us, is sometimes all about asking God to bless us. But prayer is more than that. God’s real purpose in giving us the privilege of prayer is to build our personal and intimate relationship with Him. He made Himself accessible to everyone through praying. But the sad truth is that we only come to Him when everything is hopeless and complicated. We consciously build traps for ourselves, and when everything doesn’t work out, we immediately find ourselves begging God to save us.
To pray without ceasing means not to give up prayer. It means praying continually, even when it doesn’t make sense anymore. It means not abandoning your faith but constantly looking to God in all things. Praying without ceasing is repeatedly praying without stopping. It is being consistent and persistent in seeking His will. It doesn’t mean you always have to be in full prayer mode or stating long and heartfelt prayers. It just means having the right attitude of the heart. Because in reality, we cannot navigate our everyday lives correctly without ever going back to the One who created us first.
What Bible Verse Exactly Say to Pray Without Ceasing?
Apostle Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 that God’s will for us who belong in Jesus Christ is to always rejoice both in joyful and sorrowful moments, pray continually without giving up, and always give thanks in everything. These things are not always easy to do, but Paul said this to remind us that it doesn’t matter who and where we are or what we have done. If this is God’s will for us, then we can do it.
Bibles Verses That Teach Us to Pray Without Ceasing
Numerous Bible verses encourage us to pray without ceasing. But it would take you and me the whole day to discuss all of them. So here are the most common verses from each of the Old and New Testament that will teach you to pray without ceasing:
When the LORD appeared to Solomon in 2 Chronicles 7:14, He said that if the people He calls will repent, humble themselves, pray and seek His face, then He will hear them from heaven, forgive their sins, and He will heal their land.
It was shown in Daniel 6:10 how Daniel is used to getting down on his knees and praying three times a day. This was especially evident when he learned about the published decree. He immediately went home to his room to give thanks to God.
The Psalmist in Psalm 147:1 encourages us to praise the LORD and how good, pleasant, and fitting it is to sing praises to Him.
Psalm 69:9, then, teaches us to ask God to fill our hearts with passion and zeal in serving Him with full gladness and devotion.
Lastly, for the Old Testament, in Psalm 145:18, it says that the LORD is near and very present to those who call His name with faith and in truth.
Meanwhile, in the New Testament, Luke 18:1 and the following verses tell us about the Parable of the Persistent Widow, demonstrating how we are always to pray and not lose heart.
In Colossians 4:2, we are commanded to be steadfast in prayer while being thankful to God every day.
Romans 12:12 teaches us to keep rejoicing in hope, to be patient in trials and tribulation while being faithfully consistent in prayer.
We are also called in Hebrews 13:15 to continuously offer a sacrifice of praise to Him who deserves all the acknowledgment from the fruit of our lips.
Lastly, James 5:13 encourages us to pray both when we’re suffering hardships and happy. This implies how important it is always to seek God whatever we are feeling.
Why is it Important to Pray Without Ceasing?
In every relationship, communication should be the only constant for it to work. Be it friendly relationships, family relationships, or even romantic relationships. Let’s say, for instance, you spend just three minutes every day talking to your significant other. Do you think you’ll be able to get to know that person more? Do you think you’ll be able to know them deeper when you spend a little time talking to them? That’s a big no.
Then, what makes us think that this situation will also work with God? Don’t you think He deserves more than just a few minutes of our day? Our relationship with God doesn’t deepen overnight. It needs a lot of discipline and commitment.
To pray to God is one thing, but to pray without ceasing is another. It is important to pray without ceasing because it convicts you and allows you to flee from temptations. It gives you peace beyond understanding. It gives you joy. But more than all of these, praying without ceasing changes your heart. It transforms you from the inside out, making you more and more like Jesus.
What Does God Promise When You Pray Without Ceasing?
God will do whatever you ask
God hears you
If you pray without ceasing, God promises that if you ask anything according to His will, He hears you. But praying without ceasing involves having confidence when you approach Him in prayer first. (1 John 5:14-15)
God’s peace will guard your heart
If you pray without ceasing, God promises that His peace will guard your heart and mind. But praying without ceasing involves not worrying about anything but thanking Him for everything first. (Philippians 4:6-7)
God will grant the desires of your heart
If you pray without ceasing, God promises to do whatever you wish. But praying without ceasing involves abiding in Him and His words first. (John 15:7)
God wants you to be persistent in seeking Him
If you pray without ceasing, God promises to give whatever you ask, you will find whatever you seek, and lastly, He promises that His door will be opened. Praying without ceasing involves persistently asking Him, seeking Him, and knocking on His heart first. (Luke 11:5-10)
God will heal you
If you pray without ceasing, God promises that you will be healed, for the prayer of a righteous person is effective and powerful. But praying without ceasing involves confessing your sins and praying for each other first. (James 5:16)
How to Pray Without Ceasing?
Begin with praising God
You’ll be surprised how awesome is the God who created you and the whole universe. Start your prayer by acknowledging who He is, what He has done, and what He continues to do. It may be in the form of a song or a prayer itself. In praising God in our prayers, we recognize our failures, helplessness, and limitations as imperfect human beings. By humbly acknowledging who He is, we can show our total dependence on Him.
Pray with all honesty
We are often ashamed to come back to God when we did something not pleasing to Him. But trust me when I say, He already knows. He knows everything. God isn’t surprised when we stumble and sin. There’s no point in running away from Him or sugar-coating our words in prayer.
He wants you when you’re strong, but He loves you, even more, when you’re weak and vulnerable. Just say it out loud. You’re hurt? Tell God. You’re happy? Tell God. You’re struggling? Tell God. You don’t feel like praying? Tell God. That’s one of the best things about Him, He made the stars, oceans, and sky, yet He calls you by name and knows your heart more than you know yourself.
Pray as if He is your friend
Are you so close to your friends that you tell them the most random things? You should also do the same with God. He likes that. He isn’t annoyed when you talk to Him randomly. In fact, He is just waiting for you to speak to Him in the simplest way possible. Whether you are in the shower, in the car, at work, or even while you’re out running errands, he doesn’t mind you talking to Him whatever hour of the day or every minute of the day.
Also, praying as if God is your friend means that He doesn’t want to hear the perfect words, or He wants you to say the perfect prayer. Often, we are too afraid to come to Him because we feel like we don’t know how to pray. It’s as if He won’t listen if we do not say the right things. But in reality, He isn’t impressed with great prayers. He wants your heart. Speak to Him like how you speak to your friend. After all, He is not just our God. He’s our friend too.
Pray in faith
Faith is not something we have overnight. It requires a whole lot of trust, patience, and confidence. Faith is being sure of what we hope for despite all our “even if’s” and “what if’s.” It is trusting God’s goodness and abilities wholeheartedly that He is more than able to answer all your prayers in His perfect time. Praying in faith means surrendering all your doubts and fears to an all-knowing and all-loving God. Have you prayed in faith today?
Pray according to His will
When we pray, we have to seek God’s Word first. Sometimes, we like to test out His faithfulness and abilities. We base His answers on the signs we’ve asked. But is that sign really from God? Is it His answer? Or is it just something we decided to go through because we’re afraid that His answer might be different from what we want?
We must realize that God’s good, pleasing and perfect will is always for our best. We must learn to surrender our preference to pave the way for God’s purpose in our lives. Keep in mind that He is responsible for the answer, and our responsibility is to ask.
Pray like how Jesus did
While Jesus spent His days here on Earth, He prayed to His heavenly father in unbroken communion. Meaning, He modeled a lifestyle of prayer. How? Well, it says in Luke 5:16 and Matthew 14:23 that Jesus often went by Himself to places where He could be alone to pray. He needs His Father just as much as we need One. So if Jesus, being the Son, prayed here on Earth, how much more should we be that kind of life as well?
Sometimes, God answers our prayers not in the way we want and expect but in the way He thinks we deserve. There are also times when we choose to rebel against God when He didn’t answer our prayer exactly how we want it, not realizing that what He gave is so much more than what we’re asking for. We’re just too blind and stubborn to humble ourselves.
But the thing is, God wants the best life for you and me. He wants it a thousand and million times more for us, more than our desire to want it for ourselves. He wants us to pray without ceasing because He wants us to learn how to wait and how to listen. God wants to change our hearts first before He changes our circumstances. He wants us to listen, not just speak. The bottom line is, we must learn to seek Him always, in all ways. After all, that’s the best we can do to love and serve Him the way He deserves to be.