Never ever stop praying

Unceasing prayer is a way of life, not an occasional occurrence prompted by trouble or a quick addition at the end of the day. God wants us to focus our attention on Him consistently. In the book of 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verses 17, Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Thessalonica who were suffering under Roman domination, he told them, “Pray without ceasing”. Paul was not saying that we should continually mumble prayers every minute of the day. “Without ceasing” means a continuous recurrence. Prayer isn’t constant, but it recurs frequently throughout the day.

For instance, in the morning we could ask the Lord for guidance, strength, and wisdom for the day ahead. Then as our children go off to school, we might pray for the Lord’s protection. Or perhaps on the way to work, we talk to Him about the challenges we’ll face and thank Him for a safe trip. Throughout the rest of the day, we make requests, seek His direction, and give Him thanks until we finally climb into bed.

God is ready and willing to listen and to answer our prayers. We can’t say anything to the Lord that He doesn’t already know. He’s not sitting in heaven being secretive about His will for our lives or reluctant to answer our prayers. God proved His love for us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our salvation, and He continues to demonstrate His love by being interested in every facet of our lives.

In the gospel of Luke chapter 18 verses 1 to 7, Jesus taught a parable about a judge and a persistent widow, which reminds us that God always hears our prayers and provides for our needs. If we are His children, we don’t have to beg Him to listen to us, nor do we need to feel unworthy. We don’t deserve His mercy, grace, and love, but He freely gives it because of our relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.

We talk about saving time as if we can pack it into a box for a rainy day. But no matter what we do, the minutes and hours tick by, unaltered by our efforts to change their pace. So, instead, we try to change ourselves. We batch tasks, schedule every moment, and caffeinate ourselves in an attempt to get to work a bit earlier and keep working a few minutes later. Still, time slips through our fingers, and only God knows the day and the hour when the race against time will end for us.

Although we can’t truly save time, we can stop wasting it on unnecessary activities, concerns, and mistakes. In this sense, we can rescue the time allotted to us from destructive habits and spiritual ignorance. How do we do this? Willpower, scheduling tricks, and motivational tips can only take us so far. What we need most is prayer.

In this piece I want to outline 10 benefits to talking with God. I would have loved to expound on each of the benefit, but the space cannot allow; I will probably come back to it in my future pieces.

Prayer helps us be wise stewards of time because it: Provides timely direction, prevents wrong decisions, eliminates worry and anxiety, invites God into our activity, produces confidence, eliminates fretting, sharpens discernment, prevents distractions, protects us from discouragement, opens doors of opportunity.

Which of these benefits do you need the most? Spend less time wrestling with the hours in your day and make it your goal to pray first. You’ll see your priorities fall into place, your spirit will feel lightened even under the pressure of diminishing time, and you will experience a peace that comes with spending every moment in the presence and under the guidance of your heavenly Father.

The author is a graduate student of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, a Communications Specialist, and a preacher of the Word of God.