In the closing words of 1st Thessalonians there is a whole string of commands. Among them is the well known mantra, “pray without ceasing.” Have you ever stopped to consider what that means? Similarly, the Bible also tells us to “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2) and to be “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” (Ephesians 6:18). Why do we have these directives to be constantly in prayer? Why are these instructions repeated? Because prayer demonstrates our dependence on the Lord. If we can do life without God, why pray? If we absolutely need God, we must pray.
This is why year after year our church has intentionally set aside 40 days to focus on prayer. Without God, we are without hope. But with God, nothing is impossible! This year our focus will be on praying for others. How will we know that these 40 days have been beneficial? If at the end of our time we have increased our prayer for others. It is that simple. So let’s work together to learn what it means to be in constant prayer, looking outside of ourselves to the needs of others.