I recently wrote a post on babbling in prayer and how I often did that in order to fill my prayer time. As I learned not to do this, and pray with intention in each word, I learned better how to pray continually.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
When I was focused on making my prayers long and “hefty,” I found that throughout the rest of the day, I didn’t think I needed to pray. Why should I when I just spent an hour at my journal writing and writing and writing?
Now that I’m working to be more intentional with each word I pray, I’m realizing how important it is to be praying continually. Every minute there is something I can be praying about. There’s never an hour without a need for me to pray.
I definitely fail at this; don’t get me wrong. It’s not easy to keep prayer at the forefront of your mind 24/7, but it’s so important to try. I find that when prayer is a part of my entire day, sin and temptation are easier to avoid (Please don’t misread this as me saying I’m completely perfect now. I’m really not, I promise). If I’m thinking about my conversations with the Heavenly Father, and I’m thinking about what he would say back to me if he saw me doing this, it often stops me from doing that thing or pushes me to do the thing that I know is better.
My continual prayer is that God would strengthen me to be more like this. To be continually in prayer. To avoid sin and temptation knowing what he would say to me. It’s a hard, impossible thing for us miserable sinners to do. But through Christ, we have forgiveness and redemption, and that should lead and encourage us to be better. With the help and grace of God.
Image taken from Guideposts. “How to Pray Like a Child.”