Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pray Continuously

Yesterday Ansir developed a chart to hold him accountable for his Bible readings each day. He began reading with Genesis 1-3. While we were driving in the car he made a comment that he couldn't imagine spending every waking moment singing praises to God like Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden. He thought it would be boring and exhausting. I explained to him that praising God doesn't only come in the form of song. But in being thankful in everything even the dificult situations we find our selves in. Then we listed a few examples. I think he began to understand in the end what praising God continuously means. I also explained that when we give this time and praise to God he gives us strength and fills our hearts with joy so it becomes enjoyable for us to do. I am thinking about picking a day where we stop each hour and praise God, pray for others etc. I got the idea from the Women Living Well Blog

This morning I was reading in my Book Intimate Issues by Linda Dillow & Lorraine Pintus and they referred to this verse.
  • Ephesians 5:20 " Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • " And 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 " 16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus".
To pray continuously doesn't mean that we put all things on hold and do nothing else but pray after all we do have a job to do whether it is in or out of the home. The book referred to something as a breath prayer. While we are doing mundane things or our house chores we can also be praying and giving thanks for the blessings in our lives or we could be taking the time to pray for others or even for the things we struggle with. My pastor gave a sermon on this very topic about two weeks ago and he gave some startling statics: Do you know how much time the average Christian spends in prayer? 4 minutes/ day How about the average pastor? 7 minutes/day This was not overly surprising to me as I look at my own prayer life. If we truly started to pray continuously our lives would drastically change and blessings would be bountiful. So my challenge to you is to increase these statistics ten fold or more. So Go And Pray to you King, The God of all Nations, Creator of all Things and Savior to All.

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