Praying Without Ceasing
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One of the most important things in our walk with Christ is keeping communication with Him. God gave us the privilege of prayer so that we may keep this special communication with Him and therefore have a relationship with Him. However, how should we pray?

Most people, when they think of prayer, would think of getting down on the knees, putting the hands together, bowing the head, and then speaking. However, prayer does not have to be like this; it is not some sort of ceremony that must be taken as a tradition. Prayer with the Lord is like having a conversation with Him. It is always best to be respectful of God.

To better our relationship with God, we must maintain a very strong communication bond with Him. But how? The Bible gives the answer in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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Here, Paul instructs that we should pray without ceasing. What does that mean? It means that we should be continuously in prayer and communication with the Lord. Think about it. Normally, one has a better relationship with a friend he speaks to often rather than with a friend he speaks to rarely. This works in the same way with God. The more we speak with Him, the better the relationship.

So we should pray continually at all times. God is available all day everyday. But how do we do this? Talk to Him as if He is next to you. You don't have to do this out loud since God "understands all the intent of the thoughts" (1 Chronicles 28:9 NKJV). As you talk to Him more often, you will find that your attitude will change to become more like that if Jesus. Jesus will begin to teach you so you may become more righteous.

21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

~ Ephesians 4:21-24 NKJV

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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