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THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 18: We Must Pray Without Ceasing
(I Thessalonians 5: 17)
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Is there anything more important than the opportunity to pray daily? John also has witnessed those that don’t see the cross also praying in times of great trouble. However the true saints of God pray daily in times of trouble and in times of Joy. Meanwhile there is joy in the pain of trouble or tribulations because the hope of the promise is always present in the hearts and minds of the righteous and this means eternal Peace and Paradise.
Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Beloved we bear witness the ultimate power of Almighty God. Thus we are grateful for the power of prayer. We therefore come thanking God for His revelations about prayer for without prayer we would be lost. At I Thessalonians the 5th Division we find the Apostle Paul offering instructions (verses 12-28) to the brethren regarding holy living. Here we find some powerful scripture. Our primary verse is verse 17 however we will also note verses 18, 19 and 25. We will also note scripture taken from Ephesians 6:18 as a further reference to verse 17.
I Thessalonians 5: 17, 18, 19, & 25: Pray without ceasing.”
We are not to spend all of our waking hours praying as this would not allow us to do other things in His service. However the thought here is that the believers are to pray daily and we need spiritual food daily as we need bread and water. Now turn to Ephesians for a companion scripture. At Ephesians 6 at verses 10-17 Paul teaches about putting on the whole armor of God. However at our primary verse and the two verses that follow he teaches the brethren about the boldness of prayer. All of these verses are important to our discussion.
Ephesians 6: 18-20: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Also see Romans 8: 26; Philippians 4: 6 and Colossians 4: 2).
19: “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,”
20: “For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Take a look with us at verse 18 our primary verse and the various phrases Paul uses. Here we will find the most thought provoking and succinct meaning of this verse. “Praying always” once again means that those convicted by the Spirit of God will pray daily and will not cease being a praying man or woman. Glory to God. Now “with all prayer” means that there are various kinds of prayer and they are often rendered in various degrees of intensity. Also Paul mentions some of the kinds of prayer at this place. We also note that prayer has a general meaning that applies to the request made to God.
Supplication is an act of intense pleading for the request desired. However this request must be “In the Spirit.” Therefore the prayer must be spiritual thus in harmony with the teaching of the Bible and scripture. What is watching? Does God do everything for us? At Matthew 26: 41 Jesus taught his disciples to watch and pray. Thus the soldiers in service to God must always be on guard for the tricks of the enemy. Also as we preserve we look toward perseverance in our patient service to Christ and lastly “for all the saints” we pray for all of the brethren as we also pray for self.
Meanwhile at verse 19 of Ephesians 6 Paul is being held as a prisoner in Rome (See Acts 25: 9-12). Here it is noted that not only Paul needed prayer but all of the brethren. However he was not so concerned about his personal well-fare but he was anxious for an opportunity to speak boldly and preach the Gospel. At our last verse taken from Ephesians we see the world ambassador. This is the only place in the New Testament this word is used except at II Corinthians 5: 20. It is in reference to the Apostles and no one else. Thus the Apostles have passed on and so have the ambassadors. But regardless to being bound Paul had a mouth and it was free. He therefore wished the brethren to pray for divine help that he may speak the Gospel of Christ boldly.
I Thessalonians 5:18. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Giving thanks unto the Lord is an integral part of our prayers. Paul also notes a more specific form of this prayer at I Timothy 4: 5 where it is noted that we should give thanks for our food. Therefore as we come to serve God so did the disciples thus if they failed to give thanks for things necessary in life they also failed to do the will of God.
19: “Quench not the Spirit.”
When you hinder or impede the word of God you quench the Spirit. So those that throw weightless stones at God’s messengers attempt to quench the Spirit. Those also that frown on the Truth of the Bible also try to quench the Spirit but to no avail.
25: “Brethren pray for us.”
Beloved we all need prayer. Even Paul an inspired man of God needed the prayers of the brethren. The inspiration of Paul did not mean he had any special protection from doing wrong and freedom from sin. What the inspiration meant was that he would not falter in his teaching of the Gospel. Meanwhile an inspired man could also go wrong in life although he had been obedient in his teaching. (See I Corinthians 9: 27 for more on this).
There is no doubt that it is our duty to pray without ceasing. In so doing we have an on-going blessing in our daily lives. Thus we are able to make this journey and be fruitful as we minster to self and to the other brethren.
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 17 August 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.