DESCRIPTION: We are to pray without ceasing, but how do you do that? In this lesson, Brother Sherman Cox talks about living in the atmosphere of heaven.
“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) With that command we are told to do what seems a little impossible.
We are to pray all the time. We are to pray without ending the prayer. We are to live in a constant state of prayer.
But how do you really do that? is it even possible?
Are we to always be on our knees? Are we to always be closing our eyes with hands uplifted to heaven?
Is this asking us to be like monks who live separated from others? s this asking us to be “…so heavenly minded we are not of any earthly good” as the saying goes?
I would suggest no….at least not always physically.
First of all, if we are to seriously follow the command we must look at the rest of the text. We are to rejoice always. And give thanks always. there are a couple of ways to look at this.
Perhaps it is saying that we are to always rejoice…and the only way for a Christian to always rejoice is to always pray. We are to always give thanks, and the only way for a Christian to always give thanks is through prayer…We live our lives through the vehicle of prayer…
If we take our lives seriously it doesn’t mean that we would separate ourselves from the world. For Jesus himself was talked about for hanging out with those in the world namely tax collectors and sinners. (Matthew 9:10)
Neither does it mean that we never deal with mundane and normal topics of life.
But as we do these normal things, we do them differently. we do them through the vehicle of prayer.
Now what about the attack that we are of no earthly good. Well…someone might say that. But is it true. Certainly Jesus was heavenly minded…but there was a lot of earthly good that came from him. Whether it was providing wine at a banquet or providing the touch of healing to those he came in contact with.
Another way of thinking about this besides living through the vehicle of prayer is to bathe our life in prayer. Live in the very atmosphere of prayer. Like the angel in the Book of Revelation who threw down the censer that had much incense with the prayers of the saints we walk in that atmosphere of prayer. (Revelation 8:3-4) So when others see, they see differently, because we are seeing things from a “prayer perspective” covered with the incense from the censor that our Heavenly High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-15) throws down and mixes with our prayers.
So yes, I suggest that we pray without ceasing by living in this atmosphere of prayer. In addition, that we live through the vehicle of prayer. And then we will begin to see things differently than those who do not have this perspective.
Holy God, please bless us to live in this very atmosphere so that we can see what only you can show us in our daily lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.