In yet another letter to believers, the Apostle Paul alludes to the concept of praying on a continuous basis. In fact, Paul starts this letter to the Roman believers in Rom. 1:9b- 10a by writing “…without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers…”
I personally believe that over time Paul developed the ability to abide in continual prayer with the Lord…no matter what he was doing at the time.
Paul and others such as Brother Lawrence have proved that it is possible.
It is a habit that must be developed over time with considerable effort.
Let me first of all say…I have not developed the ability to be in constant prayer throughout the day. It is something I’ve desired for many years, but to this point, all I’ve experienced are short intervals of awareness of the presence of God that allow me to transition from thinking of Him in the third person…to speaking to Him in the second person.
However, I press on and believe it is a worthwhile goal for all followers of Jesus.
It is more an attitude than an activity…an attitude of continual awareness of the presence of God.
And as the attitude develops…it progresses into conversation…ongoing conversation.
Conversations are always in the second person…You…not He.
In Conformed to His Image, Ken Boa gives several suggestions for how we can begin the journey toward increasing our awareness of the presence of God.
Boa suggests that we send up periodic “flash prayers” during the day.
These of course can include the option of offering to pray with a patient at the end of a visit, but might also involve the simple habit of praying silently for the patient as you leave the exam room.
Another related habit would be to say a brief flash prayer as you enter the exam room, asking the Lord to enable and empower your visit with the patient.
Or it might be a flash prayer about an upcoming encounter.
Regardless, flash prayers are a good start toward the habit of increasing awareness of His presence.
It takes time and practice…but progress is possible.
Fight discouragement and press on…the reward is worth the effort!
Prayer: Lord, remind me to send You flash prayers as I encounter others throughout the day!