How to Pray Without Ceasing

The Lord draws His children near in many ways. He is kind. One way He does this is to give us many reasons to pray in the normal course of life. This is demonstrated in the life of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible records Jesus prayers in many places in the Gospels. When did He pray? Why did He pray? While the list below is not exhaustive, it shows us a few of the situations where Jesus felt a need to pray.

1. A time of dedication – At His baptism, Luke 3:21
2. A time of decision – Before selecting His twelve disciples, Luke 6:12-16
3. A time of rejection – After His rejection at Korazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, Matthew 11:20–26
4. A time of sorrow – When a family was in need, John 11:41-42 
5. A time of tenderness – When little children were near him, Matt 19:13-15
6. A time of concern – With His disciples at the last supper, John 17

7. A time of departure – For His disciples before His ascension, Luke 24:50-53

In the same way that Jesus made the most of every opportunity to pray, so He provides His children many moments of opportunity so that we can dedicate them to the Lord; moments of change so that we can choose wisely during a time of decision; moments of scorn so that we can pray in our rejection; moments of heartbreak so we can turn to Him in our sorrows casting our cares upon Him; moments with children so that we can manifest the tenderness of Jesus; moments of reflection on the future, so that we can pray out of our concern; moments of saying goodbye so that we can pray in our departure. 

As God provides everything in His own time…”a time to be born and a time to die,” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2) so He also provides for everything in between through thousands of circumstances in life to help us turn our hearts toward Him in prayer. One of commonest things is that we do not pray when we have opportunity. Circumstances are delivered to us by our Sovereign God each day.  Why? One reason is to drive us to Himself in prayer. In this way, the Lord helps us to, “pray without ceasing” (1Thessalonians 5:16-17).
The Lord commands us to pray without ceasing, but He does not leave us to ourselves… He brings a multitude of moments in our lives designed to stimulate us to pray. What a kind and compassionate Savior He is to draw us near!