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7/10/2008

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God Desires You To Pray

"Pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

What are some of the things that you have been told to do this week? Maybe someone told you to clean up your room, or to look both ways before crossing the street. Maybe your mom told you to be nice to your siblings, or to help with the dishes after supper. You have probably been told by many people to do many things this week. But have you ever stopped to think about some of the things God wants you to do?

God tells you in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that He wants you to "pray without ceasing." What does that mean? To "pray" is to talk to God. But what does it mean to pray without ceasing? "Ceasing" means stopping. So, you are supposed to pray without stopping.

How can you pray without stopping? Does that mean you have to be praying to God every second of every minute of every hour of every day? No. This verse is saying that you always should be ready and willing to talk to God. Prayer to God should be natural, just like talking to someone who is in the room with you. When you have a friend over to your house to play, you do not have to spend every second of the day talking to them. You spend a lot of time talking to them because you are ready and willing to talk to them at anytime.

How can you "pray without ceasing"? Well, when you wake up in the morning, you could pray and thank God for the day. When you are ready to study for school, pray and ask God to help you concentrate. When you are going to get together with friends, pray that God will help you honor Him in your words and your behavior. When you hear a police car or ambulance go racing by, pray for them as they go to help someone in need. See? There are many ways that you can constantly be talking to God.

Some people think that when they pray, they must have long prayers using big words. Those prayers don't impress God. God desires you to talk to Him throughout the day, even if each prayer is short.

God desires you to pray without ceasing.

My Response:
» How many times throughout the day do I think of praying to God?
» What do I pray about the most?
» How can I get in the habit of praying without ceasing?






Truth In Real Life


Description of God

Who Girdeth Me with Strength
Psalm 18:32 "It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect."

 

Question & Answer

QWhy do you need salvation?

AI desperately need to be saved because I was born spiritually dead in my sins, held captive by Satan, and a sinful enemy of God. John 11:25 -- Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

 

BIG Christian Word

Tribulation - (trib-u-la-shun)

The tribulation will be a time when God's anger will be upon the earth. The word comes from a passage in Matthew 24:21 where Jesus says, "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." Jesus then continues to explain in Matthew 24:29-30 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."