“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The first time I ever read that passage, I could not believe what I was reading. In my mind, I pictured someone kneeling for 24 hours a day. “That’s impossible”, I said to myself and dismissed it. Later, I heard a pastor preach a sermon on this passage and explain that believers are meant to be in a constant state of prayer. We are supposed to keep our line of communication with God open at all times. We accomplish this by immediately confessing any known sin and asking for God’s forgiveness. Then, whenever we need to shoot up a request, God will hear us. That seemed a lot more possible.
With that explanation, I took the passage literally. The moment I open my eyes in the morning, I begin to thank God for the rest and protection He gave me through the night. When my head hits the pillow at night, my last waking moments are spent in prayer. Whenever I hear something on the news like a tragedy, a missing child or a soldier killed in war, I pray for the family. I pray for the posts on my Facebook account. When I think about a friend or family member during the day, I pray for them. Prayer has become such a habit for me, that I catch myself praying for people in the movie that I am watching!