Rejoice Always! Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Have you ever wondered how can you pray without ceasing? In a world where quiet time is scarce, time is always taken, and busyness consumes our lives, would you believe that praying to God at all times can still be possible? Your attitude, your dedication, and your relationship with God plays a major role. I want to share a couple of ways that I have learned and incorporated into my everyday life. Pray it inspires you!
- Thank God!
By thanking God you are automatically sending up praises and humbling yourself to show who God is in your life. You can say this anytime! A couple of words, “thank You Jesus”. I normally catch myself saying it walking, driving, watching television, and doing tasks at work, just randomly throughout my day. It keeps me in constant contact with God. It shows that He is a living God and hears every thank you. I should intentionally keep watchful and thank Him all the time. When I’m eating, I thank Him by acknowledging it is He who is constantly providing for me. When I arrive at my destinations safely, I thank Him. When I pass an accident, I thank Him and pray for all involved. When I wake up, I thank Him. When I go to sleep, thank Him for a bed. There are things we all can Thank God for all the time. Sometimes the thank You’s turn into a 2-3 minute prayer, but hey, there is nothing wrong with that. Right?
- Prayer Journal!
Now if you work at a desk where you have access to a journal, you can pray by writing it down. You don’t always have to speak your prayer, you can write it down for God and maybe even save it for later when you get home. Keeping a prayer journal is a great way to document your prayer life. In this case for constantly staying in prayer, you can pull out your little notepad and talk to God. It’s an easy and fun way to be creative with praying to God. I myself have a prayer journal, a few actually, but my main one is too big to carry around and pull out randomly. So I will be purchasing a mini carry around journal to write prayers down instead of always using my phone.
Now, I don’t know about you but some of my best conversations with God are done when I’m driving! The beauty of knowing I’m not talking to myself, though people and other drivers looking at me probably beg to differ or think I’m crazy lol, I know God is listening. It’s an intimate time to vent to God. Think of God being a friend in your passenger seat and you’re telling them about your day at work or about how your sibling or significant other got on your nerves. I’m sure before you get home you will feel better and won’t even need to walk in upset. Most times we go off on our anger because there’s built up emotions from a situation but if we cast our cares upon God (1 Peter 1:7), vent to Him, He will help clear our minds and give us a new perspective. I love to pray before going to work while I’m driving. I also love turning the radio down and just being in silence patiently awaiting for God to speak back. If He doesn’t speak that’s fine, I know He will sooner or later.
- Praying for others.
I do this all the time. When I am out and about and I see someone who seems sad or looks like life is beating them down, I say a little prayer for them. When I see other believers around me, inside or outside a church, I pray for them. We have to keep our brothers and sisters in our prayers because we are in a time where we need each other. We are the body of Christ and if one of us is slacking it affects us all. Right now we cannot afford to have parts of the body out of sync. So praying for others you see or encounter with throughout your day is another way to stay prayerful. I also say little prayers for homeless people I see out, especially when I have nothing to give but my prayers (Acts 3:6).
- Pray before and after work/school!
I make it a priority to pray an intentional prayer to God before I go into work. I want to make sure God knows that I need Him to make my work day peaceful and manageable. I work in retail, and trust me, it is VERY NEEDED! (lol). I use to pray on my way into the building but lately, I pray also when I enter the building before my shift. I normally go into the bathroom and just go in! Praying for not only my well-being, but also for my coworkers, and customers, basically anyone that walks into the building that day. I pray for safety in and around the building and that every single being that walks into our store is blessed! Then I also pray once my shift is over by thanking God (Point 1), for keeping me and for even blessing me with a job.
Praying throughout the day is not as hard as you may think. Honestly all it takes is faith; faith to know that God hears even the smallest whispered prayer. I at one time felt like how in the world can I pray without ceasing. I have things to do, I have to work, I can’t be at home or in church 24/7, and I cannot be laid out on the floor praying all day. Then God began to open my eyes and heart to another side of Him. He began to show me that it doesn’t mean I have to be on my knees, eyes closed, and praying to Him all day. Instead it means I should have a humble heart and live in the Spirit.
Being in constant prayer means showing who it is that you serve. Though we can pray anywhere, it is still very important and necessary to create time specifically for prayer to God that involves getting on your knees, laying it all out at Jesus’ feet. During the day God knows that can’t be done, because if you’re in prayer 24/7 how can you be purposeful with the gifts He has given you? How are you able to pay your bills and eat if you aren’t working? God provides opportunities to live a purposeful life and it is up to you to include a praying life in that. I shared a few ways of how I include prayer in my day. How do you include prayer in your day? If you need guidance, what better way than by talking to God about it (James 1:5)? He will let you know what’s distracting you or stopping you from having a healthy prayer life. Remember God expects us to pray. So never stop praying! Be creative in your relationship with Jesus!
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Matthew 6:6 NKJV
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18 NKJV