“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.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Today is a special day for us as Immanuel’s Church family!! Together we are praying and believing the Lord for a total elimination of our debt (and yours). Our goal is to give more than we ever have into the work of the Kingdom. Our meditation for today is Malachi 3. There are so many precious truths unfolded for us in this chapter. It begins with the promise that the Lord, whom we seek and desire, will come to us. It also gives us another exciting promise that as we willingly and obediently give to Him our tithes and offerings, He will “…throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” (Yes, indeed He is always “more than enough”). This precious chapter concludes with the Lord writing in His special book of remembrance the names and conversations of each of His treasured children. He obviously loves to hear us speaking often of His goodness and mercy. And because He loves hilarious givers (II Corinthians 9: 6-8), I believe He also records our laugh of faith in giving! Rejoice, dance, laugh and clap for the best is yet to come!
In the days ahead, may all of our ears be open to more clearly hear what His Spirit is saying to His Church. We are living in strategic times, and our prayers must also be specific, determined and boldly based on Scripture. Let’s continue to believe for:
- A national outpouring of His Spirit
- Revival in Israel and the Arab Nations
- The Gospel to penetrate into every unreached people group
You are loved and appreciated, and in the days ahead, you will experience the joy of knowing that He is indeed “More than Enough”.
Wednesday – April 10, 2013
This day we arise in faith and prophetically proclaim that His relentless love and amazing grace is “more than enough” to win to Himself every member of our family. Since we are “covenant believers”, we declare the unfailing covenant promise of the Lord over every member of our household. “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the LORD. (Isaiah 59:21). Declare His promises over your children and grandchildren! Thank you Lord that “as for me and my household” we will love and serve the Lord. (Joshua 24: 15-15) Pray for the youth of our church. (Acts 2:17)
Tuesday – April 9, 2013
Today we celebrate the amazing truth of God’s promises. His Word is “more than enough” to give us guidance and direction in everyday life. Read prayerfully Psalm 1. Yield yourself to Him in a fresh way today, and thank Him for filling you with a hunger and thirst for His Word and His Presence. Invite Him to show you how His promises are always “more than enough” for every need of your life! Pray for His promised revival Presence. Acts 2: 17-21 Ask Him specifically to fill the young people in your family and in our church family with His Holy Spirit. “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
Monday – April 8, 2013
Prayerfully read Romans 8: 28-39. God’s strategy of always pouring out His unconditional and unfailing love into our lives assures us that no matter what happens, He is determined to make us “more than conquerors”. Take time to declare this Scripture over every situation and relationship in your life. Thank You, Lord that I am more than a conqueror in my family, work, school and church life! Pray for the fullness of His Spirit to fill you and your family. If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13)
Sunday – April 7, 2013
Today we begin our 22-day devotional and prayer journey as an Immanuel’s Church family. We are preparing our hearts to hear His voice and will for “more than enough”. We begin by pondering and personally experiencing the extravagant dimensions of the love of our God. Read aloud the powerful words of Ephesians 3:14 – 21. Spend time thanking Him that His love is always “more than enough” for every need and situation in your life! Pray that your love will abound towards God and others. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, (Philippians 1:9)
“- Pray without ceasing;” — 1Th 5:17 NASB
Immanuel’s Church has committed to be a praying community 24 hours a day 7 days a week or in the words of the Apostle Paul, “pray without ceasing!”
This vision is facilitated by prayer points that are published monthly. This is Praying in the Spirit the new page on the top tabs of this blog. You are invited to participate every day in praying through the focus of this page. Please feel free to comment and reply as you pray, sharing your insights with others.
Our Father’s house is a house of prayer for all nations!