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Pray without ceasing..

Many people often underestimate prayer and tend to worry about day to day struggles and obstacles without first turning to God through prayer. I myself am often guilty of this. We tend to run to our own thought process and solutions based on our worldly view instead of first seeking and asking God how we should handle the situation at hand.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 it says “Pray without ceasing.” pretty simple instruction it seems, but often looked over. It’s simply telling us as believer’s in Jesus that we must pray in all we do, big and small, and Never stop and Never give up.

When facing struggles we should remember what Psalm 55:16-17 says “As for me, I will call upon God. And the Lord shall save me. 17 Evening and morning and at noon I will pray and cry aloud. And He shall hear my voice”.No where in the bible does it state we wont face struggles, trials, or tribulations in fact it says the exact opposite. However Jesus will provide us the way through these times if we simply call upon Him to guide us and be patient in his timing. Luke 11:9-10 says “So I say to you, ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Isn’t that great knowledge to have to know if we just ask Jesus to help us he will provide the answers in all we do. I find great peace in knowing that I can ask God to guide my every step and he will do exactly that knowing his plans are always good.

Romans 12:12 says to be “rejoicing in Hope, patient in tribulation, steadfastly in prayer.” It is very easy in time of struggle to begin feeling like things are never going to change, that you will be stuck in this “rut” forever, but this is simply NOT TRUE. Romans 12 tells us to rejoice in hope (of the Lord and his Promises), to be patient (in his timing) in tribulation and to be steadfastly (continually) in prayer (in all we do).  Though things in life may be tough sometimes you must push through knowing there is HOPE IN JESUS and know at the end of the struggle there will be great reward if you are faithful and hopeful in Him.

Even Jesus cried out in prayer to the Father see John 12:27-28 where Jesus said “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? Father ‘save me’ from this hour? But for this purpose I come to you this hour. 28. Father, glorify your name.”  This goes to show that no one is exempt from troubles in the world, however we must learn to RUN TO God in prayer NOT AWAY from Him depending on our own worldly knowledge and capabilities. We do not have to be experts on praying there is no “right or wrong” way to pray He just simply asks us as believers to trust in Him and to come to Him and ask in prayer. The bible tells us we do not have to use an abundant amount of words when we pray. In Matthew 6:7-8 it says “And when you pray do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think they will be heard for their many words. 8 Therefore do not be like them. For the Father knows the things you have need of before you ask.” From the small needs to the large needs God knows them all and He wants to help us and wants to bless us but first we must have Faith in Him and ask.

When fighting life’s day to day battles make sure you are equipped with the right warfare for the fight. Prayer. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 ” For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to flesh.4 For the weapons of our warfare are NOT of carnal (of the flesh) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”  If we trust in Him and His promises then we should choose to run to Him in prayer for all things. Whether we are hurt, broken, angry, happy, sad or any other whirlwind emotion, we as believers need to seek Him and pray in all we do especially in times of darkness. In Psalm 34:17-18 it states “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.” Often times when we face time of trouble we feel alone but we are never alone God is always with us watching and waiting for us to call upon His name and cry out for help so that he may rescue us.

Pray and seek God in all you do and watch the transformation in your life. Believe in Christ Jesus and you too will see the ways of the Lord and the blessings He has in store for you Remember His plans are always good and God can NOT lie he WILL keep his promises. I encourage you to Pray without ceasing especially when its hardest to pray at all.




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