Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Once Paul entered Macedonia, he immediately established a church in Philippi and then turned his attention to the port city of Thessalonica. More than 200,000 people lived and worked there. The city was a melting pot of cultural differences. It was also an area where immorality and crime thrived. Therefore, most believers saved under Paul’s ministry came from pagan backgrounds.
The apostle worked quickly to help new believers understand their spiritual foundation. One of the ways he accomplished that was through prayer. Paul admonished the church to “pray without ceasing,” which means to maintain an attitude of constant prayer. Much more than constant mumbling, unceasing prayer means living in conscious awareness of God’s personal love and availability.
Paul’s strategy was simple: When temptation comes—pray. When fear approaches—pray. When someone false accuses you—pray. When you are happy or sad—pray. No matter what you’re facing, pray because God answers prayer!
You get to know your heavenly Father through prayer. You can come to Him with anything, at any time of the day or night.
Dear Lord, teach me to pray when temptation comes, fear approaches, and someone falsely accuses me. Teach me to pray no matter what I am facing.