Posted by: Ed | August 27, 2009

“PRAY W/O CEASING” & Week of Prayer

The week of prayer is rockin’ so far. I’m hearing so many cool things about every aspect of the week.

Here is an email that came to Andy, who is coordinating our 24/7 Prayer Wall.

What a wonderful hour! I had the 5a-6a hour.  I woke up early and felt like a little kid getting ready to go to Disneyland.  Thank you for the opportunity.  Like Todd said on his blog, at first an hour of prayer seemed daunting-but then it wasn’t enough.

Chetta

If you are following along in the Prayer Journal, you know that today’s emphasis was on “Pray Without Ceasing”. Of course the Scripture that we pondered was 1 Thess 5:17. Those are the 3 English in the NASB translation. Simple, right! In the Greek language that Paul wrote it in it’s even simpler, down to 2 words: adialhptws proseuchesthe,. Always praying (the 2nd word is an imperative / command mood so we could add always be praying!)

I think it’s best that we don’t complicate it, but it is good to ponder it. Personally, I’m not there. I still go long stretches of a day without being consciously aware of God’s presence & without saying a word to Him. But I think I’m growing in this. I hope you are too.

Two little books have inspired me & helped me to move ahead in “unceasing prayer”. One is the one we at Journey featured over Christmas, Letters by a Modern Mystic by Frank Laubauch. It is simply a must read. Then of course there is Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God, written in the 17th century. Both are fantastic.

Here are a few quotes on unceasing prayer, they come from Richard Foster’s great book called Prayer. I picked it up today & I just happened to be on the chapter on… you guessed it, unceasing prayer.

“There no mode of life in the world more pleasing & more full of delight an continual conversation with God.” Bro Lawrence

“Let the memory of Jesus combine with your breath.+ St John of the Ladder

It was said of St Francis that he “seemed not so much a man praying as prayer itself made man.”

“Oh, this thing of keeping in constant touch with God, of making him the object of my thought & the companion of my conversations, is the most amazing thing I ever ran across.” Frank Laubauch.

Now check out this quote from Isaac the Syrian:

When the Spirit has come to reside in someone, that person cannot stop praying; for the Spirit prays without ceasing in him. No matter if he is asleep or awake, prayer is going on in his heart all the time. He may be eating or drinking, he may be resting or working – the increase of prayer will ascend spontaneously from his heart.

May the Spirit lead us closer to “prayer without ceasing!”

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Responses

  1. Great Quotes and I love the book by Brother Lawrence. Here is food for thought if you think pray without ceasing is impossible.

    Brother Lawrence was a Frenchman who worked in the kitchen of a Parisan monastery. There he learned how to practice the presence of God. Brother Lawrence gained a wide reputation both inside and outside the monastery, and many people sought his spiritual counsel either in person or by letter. His words of wisdom and counsel are preserved in The Practice of the Presence of God, a classic of spiritual devotion that continues to inspire believers today.

    Many Christians today live humdrum lives with little awareness of or hunger for anything deeper. The same was true in his day, and he could not understand it.

    Brother Lawrence began where we all must begin: giving ourselves wholly to God.

    written by a man named Jim Goll who wrote The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence

    Living in God’s Presence and maintaining our communion with Him simply involves making God a part of everyday life. Look at the life of Brother Lawrence – he was the cook or dishwasher. And yet he found God even in the mundane. I think sometimes we want that mountain top experience all the time or it is not God. God is found in the everyday lives of ordinary men and women doing ordinary things but secretly living out a supernatural and extraordinary life.

    Teach us to pray, again . . .

  2. We are called a House Prayer. We are also called a light. LIGHT HOUSE.
    The more prayer, the greater the stream and width of light. The more light the less the darkness will be. The more you pray, the more you enjoy the presence of Love and Light. Prayer, got to have itt to get the darkness out of the way and make more love available. Need peace, pray. Need Love, pray. Need joy, pray. WANT TO SPEND TIME WITH THE FATHER – PRAY!
    Want to be happy , pray. Want to see what it is like to enjoy a real real loving relationship with the Father – Then yeild to the Holy Spirit to teach you to pray and you will never be without the Spirit of Truth to show you the way to pray if you are humble and honor his faithfulness and forgivness toward his children. Just love to hang out with Love and his ministry of Prayer. If you know him you will pray and if you want to learn more about him you will pray’


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