pray continually

18 03 2008

Today I want to share a quote on prayer and busyness.

There are some people who, in order not to pray, use as an excuse the fact that life is so hectic that it prevents them from praying.  This cannot be.  Prayer does not demand that we interrupt our work, but that we continue working as if it were a prayer.  It is not necessary to always be meditating, nor to consciously experience the sensation that we are talking to God, no matter how nice this would be.  What matters is being with Him, living in Him, in His will.  To love with a pure heart, to love everybody, especially to love the poor, is a twenty-four-hour prayer.

I think this is at least somewhat what is meant by “pray continually” in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.  Obviously we can’t go through life kneeling with our eyes closed.  We have to fellowship with God through the day, during our daily activities.  Isn’t prayer just fellowship and conversation with God?

Of course, we still need to have quiet times of prayer with God, where there are no distractions and we can devote our full attention to Him.  He is a jealous God, and He will not compete with everything else for our attention.  Basically, He’s giving us the choice of whether we will talk to Him during the day or not.  If we spend quality time with Him, He will speak to us.  But if we find ourselves too busy, He gives us that option and lets us have our way.  That’s part of having free will.

I believe this is a very important thing to consider these days in America, as we tend to be so busy.  I can’t think of a previous time when everyone I know was this busy.  I know we want to maximize our productivity, but I don’t think we’re going about it the right way, and I suspect it’s costing us more than we realize.  It’s not enough to just be busy and productive — the question is if we pleasing to God in our fellowship with Him and in doing His will…

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25 03 2008
MzMobo

I just want to take a minute and recommend a sermon. “Our Father in Heaven” Ben Crandall (2.26.08) It’s found at this ulr: http://www.worldchallenge.org/sermons/

Bro. Crandall knew Corrie Ten Boom and shares a wonderful story about her relationship with her Father. It’s worth the time to listen, as are all sermons on this site. You’ll feast here like you can no where else!

6 04 2008
Sidharth

You have a wonderful site, Beppo. I love the design.

Here’s something I wrote on Praying without ceasing…

I’ve done some Greek study to understand this…

Be Blessed!

Sidharth

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