“Pray without ceasing.”
When one first learns of 1THESSALONIANS 5:17 (‘Pray without ceasing.’), one probably thinks “Here is a nice turn of phrase.”
Perhaps the one coming upon the verse believes that it is merely a figure of speech or a rhetorical device like hyperbole.
Hyperbole is often used for emphasis or effect. In casual speech, it functions as an intensifier: saying “the bag weighed a ton” simply means that the bag was extremely heavy. The rhetorical device may be used for serious or ironic or comic effects.
Hyperbole is where the word “hype” originated.
So, when first encountering “Pray without ceasing,” the reader may be excused for thinking that here is something written solely for the effect; just another way of saying “pray a LOT.”
But the follower of Jesus Christ soon discovers that “Pray without ceasing” is just another way of saying “Pray always.”
Jesus Christ Himself repeated this advice several times.
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
And this is mentioned elsewhere in God’s Word.
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”
The believer in Jesus Christ soon discovers that continuing constantly in prayer is a chosen way of life: a lifestyle which yields results. It is like having a hotline to God Himself.
And God HEARS the prayers of the believer–and IF God hears one’s prayers, one will see RESULTS from those prayers. Big things, little things: the believer sees RESULTS.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Prayer is talking to God.
And the believer CHOOSES to talk to God on a nearly-constant basis, not only because it is commanded of him, but because he sees results in his life from these chosen actions.
Praying always or “without ceasing” is a CHOICE one makes.
“Pray without ceasing.”
This is NO hype.
It is a commandment which adds the power of God to the life of all who choose to follow this directive.
DID the reader believe “pray without ceasing” was a commandment?
OR, just a well-worded suggestion?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: January 27, 2021.]
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