Day 26 of 40-Day Prayer Challenge
”Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
The key to praying without ceasing is turning everything into a prayer. It usually starts with the big things like problems and dreams. Then it graduates to little things like chores and routines. And eventually, your entire life becomes a continuous prayer. Every thought. Every action. Every moment.
If you are a worrier by nature, I have good news for you. You have tremendous prayer potential. The apostle Paul writes, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.” If you worry about everything, you’ll have a much higher likelihood of praying without ceasing if you simply learn to turn your worries into prayers. The Holy Spirit can redeem your anxious thoughts by using them as prayer triggers. Think of worry as a prayer alarm. Every time it goes off, you put it to prayer. And when you do, you’ll discover that your anxieties will evaporate like early morning fog. So quit wasting your worries. Redeem them by recycling them. Turn your worries into prayers!
What if you stopped reading the newspaper and started praying it? What if you turned lunch meetings into prayer meetings? What if you turned your chores into prayers? When you are folding your children’s laundry, pray that they would be clothed with the righteousness of Christ. When you’re commuting to and from work, cast your cares on Him. When you tuck your kids into bed at night, let the last words they hear be your prayers for them. You’d come a lot closer to the goal of praying without ceasing.
God is only a prayer away.
What to pray? As we prepare to celebrate 4th of July, pray for the leaders of our country that they would turn back to God.
July 3, 2018