Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Pray Without Ceasing - Spiritual Tips 7
Hi Freedom 1 here, hearingGod.tv and today I'd like to share tips for learning to Pray without Ceasing.
First off, I'd like to dig in the Word a bit, because this lifestyle of always praying is so important for the days we are coming upon. While the wood is green…[Luke 23:31
"For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"]
...in these good times that surround us He wants us to draw close.
In Luke 21 Jesus talks a lot about the 'Signs of the Times'… He talks of what we are beginning to witness taking place in the earth.
"So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near."
And then, in Luke 21:34-36 Jesus exhorts us to:
"Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life,
[which is essentially saying, don't be weighted down with carnal living with excess, addictions/bondages and not trusting God]
and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.
[hard times are promised to all--this is how the lukewarm are pushed out of the middle…we approach black and white folks…no more grays]
But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."
1 Thessalonians 5, again we take the full context in that this speaks of the end...
"For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night." 1 Thessalonians 5:2
We are exhorted again...
1 Thessalonians 5:17 "..pray without ceasing;.."
So how do we begin to have a lifestyle of always praying? Ever heard of the phrase "creature of habit"? Well, we often think of habits in terms of negative things… but I want to show how you can begin to create a lifestyle of praying always and it's not a big chore either. You simply weave it into your life.
Laugh if you want but implementation is easy… think of your daily schedule and places you can implement a good and prayerful atmosphere. The bathroom is a no brainer… it's not like you have other things distracting you. By putting a little Bible Promise book in there, a scripture a day calendar, or even an exhaustive study…LOL...
[banging on bathroom door "Hey, you done yet?"]
or just one verse… you are creating a positive habit.
This one I just started recently… while putting away dishes, I make a conscious effort to remember to Bless myself by making a little sign. So, any time I put away clean dishes, I speak life and blessing and health into my life as well as into my family. Note, this is one of those labors we have to do every day and it's mindless, boring…but see how we can turn it around into something really powerful! How often do you bless yourself or proclaim that the promises of God are yours?
Laundry is again, one of those mindless labors… but I am always led in intercession during it. The same goes with sweeping the floor or cleaning… put a ribbon on the end of your broom… do something that causes you to remember to pray, and pick a different facet to pray about. For me, it's intercession in the Holy Spirit… maybe for you, cleaning reminds you of your Mother, and so maybe it can be your prayer time for family, or unsaved people you know.
I love the car, because one of my sons picked up on it immediately and I didn't even have to put a reminder in the car to remember to do it. Our car time is our "What are we thankful for?" time.
I left to take my son to school yesterday and the 'no fuel' light was on. I started our "Thankful time" with declaring and giving thanks that I had enough gas to get to and from preschool (which is very close by) and that the angels would help. When I returned to the car from preschool, and started the ignition, the light was off and the tank was full! This would be a miracle that wouldn't phase me because I've heard many testimonies like it. However, later on in the day I realized that my husband had just filled the tank over the weekend… the fuel gauge must've gotten stuck! Well, who got it unstuck or fixed it if it was broken? The point is, is that I asked and I received.
Guess what my son's prayer was during our 'thankful time'?
"Jesus, I am thankful for my Mommy to do teachings". And it was those little words that said Jesus wants me to share this message right now with you.
When you speak life and blessing over yourself, and build communion with Father God; learn His Word and despite the 'worries of life', you speak His truth… then you begin to see His Kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. So start now in these 'good times' because it grows the anointing within you and you will grow to hear His voice clearly.
Why is praying without ceasing so important to begin to implement? In the days when the wood is dry and we need to pray healing when there is no doctor, when we need food but food is scarce, when danger and worries are everywhere you'll be one to manifest His truth. Because the "…effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much". (James 5:16)