“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1Th 5:16-18 NASB

Often I ponder the meaning of praying without ceasing. What did the Apostle Paul really mean?  How can I pray without ceasing?  These and other questions motivate me to search between the lines in this often quoted verse.

Notice that on either side of  “pray without ceasing” is the imperative to REJOICE and GIVE THANKS.  Wow, could it be if we live a life of rejoicing and utter thanks at every occasion our God considers it prayer?  Could it be that Father listens to our conversation between the quotation marks of rejoicing and thanksgiving as prayer?

I have concluded after 35 years of full-time ministry that the Apostle was not instructing us to spend every waking minute in religious utterance, but to converse with our Creator like breathing.   To center our spirit and focus our inner man on the adoration of the Father.   Let every word, action, thought be a prayer!  Amazing, I can pray without ceasing.  Let’s join our hearts in rejoicing and thanksgiving, let’s allow our words to be filled with grace and light, let’s sing and make melody in our hearts to God and then we will be living a life of praying without ceasing!  Selah.


  1. Interestingly, this is a Scripture that i am meditating upon. Over the years, i have come to the same conclusions as Pastor Guy. Praying is like breathing. Every breath a prayer of thanksgiving to the maker of the heavens and the earth. The breath of God that He placed within us, being returned to Him with thanksgiving. I have also thought “what if I did nothing but meditate and do these three things; pray without ceasing, rejoice always and give thanks in all things, for this is the will of Christ Jesus concerning you/me”. Sounds like a lifetime assignment to me! The Word is so full and overflowing with life, that sometimes we forget to be doers and not only hearers of the Word. There is a big difference between intellectually knowing the Word and having it be a matter of the heart. So, I think our mutual challenge is to memorize this Scripture, meditate upon it, allow it to sink deeply within our hearts as a guidepost for our daily lives!

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  4. Just thought I’d share…

    I’d asked the Lord a personal question in relation to prayer and this was His response: “The voice and love caters to the prescription which brings about the progress.”
    It was written in a dream I had on 7/16/13.

    I’ll let you sort this one out. Enjoy!

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