“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:16-18 (ESV)
Prayer was not something Paul did once in the morning and then went about his normal daily activities.
Prayer was a way of life for Paul.
Paul reveals this when he casually tells these Thessalonian believers to pray without ceasing.
Moving toward praying without ceasing means reevaluating our concept of prayer. If we think of prayer primarily as getting on our knees and talking silently with God, we’ll never get close to praying without ceasing, especially within the very busy world of healthcare.
Instead of understanding prayer as a specific time we speak to God, we need to begin to view prayer as an ongoing conversation with God.
God is with us wherever we go. So instead of “talking to ourselves” in our minds as many of us do…we can instead talk with God. In essence, that is what conversational prayer is. An ongoing conversation with God about what is happening in our life at that moment.
I’m still not very good at it, but I’m working to get better.
It’s bringing God into the regular activities of our day through short bursts of thanksgiving, praise, requests for wisdom, or whatever seems appropriate at the moment.
With conversational prayer, we should also remember that in conversations…we talk…and we listen.
All too often believers spend all their prayer time and energy talking to God. They speak to God, giving Him their requests, and spend little or no time listening to God.
God indwells us through the Holy Spirit. He has come to live within us specifically for the purpose of leading us. He leads us in many ways…including speaking into our spirit.
Prayer that is a one-way conversation from us to God is not nearly as rich and beneficial as a two-way conversation between God and us.
Conversational prayer is sharing our daily life with God and is a mindset.
It takes time to develop…but won’t ever happen unless you make a start.
Try sharing the big and small moments of today with God.
Prayer: Lord, help me to include you in all the moments yet to come today.