PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (WEB): Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.
According to KJV with Strong’s Concordance, the transliteration of proseuchomai (pronounced: pros-yoo’-khom-ahee) used as a verb is to “pray to God, i.e. supplicate, worship:–pray (X earnestly, for), make prayer.” Ceasing is adialeiptwoj (pronounced: ad-ee-al-ipe’-toce) used as an adverb is ” uninterruptedly, i.e. without omission (on an appropriate occasion):–without ceasing.”
So, putting together the words: Pray without ceasing, what does that mean? Do we literally pray without interruption? How could that possibly happen with all the things going on with our life? You know what I mean….working 8 hours or more a day, taking care of children, running errands and the list goes on and on.
As I read through some sermons and teachings, some claimed that one cannot possibly pray continually and that the verse merely indicates that we pray intermittently all throughout the day. That being said, then it is possible that we can pray without ceasing.
I have my own thoughts on this matter and it may be right or it may be wrong. But I think it is definitely possible to pray without ceasing. Let’s take a look at Romans 8:26-27 (NIV): “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” From these verses, I believe the Spirit in us prays and intercedes for us day and night, night and day, 24 hours a day. And isn’t that praying without ceasing when the Spirit in us prays continually?
I know some of you may agree with me and some of you may disagree with me. That is all right. The important thing is what God is revealing to you regarding the Scripture “Pray without ceasing”. Please take this time to pray to God for His revelation.
(KJV with Strong’s Concordance Source: http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongs1the5.htm)