Never Stop

“Never stop praying.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭

I love being out in my garden.

I love it all – the watering. The planting. The trimming. The pride in producing high quality food, or beautiful blossoms.

Even the weeding. (Odd, I know.)

But as much as I love gardening, there is a limit. I mean, a gal’s gotta do something else once in a while. Like eat, sleep, go to the lake, visit a friend, earn a living. I couldn’t just garden without stopping for a break now and then.

So – praying?

Without stopping?

Seems far fetched.

I couldn’t do that all day. I mean, a few minutes here and there, yeah. But all day?

Without stopping?

Sorry. I already said that.

Seems a bit much, even for a gal who really loves Jesus.

Think about it.

I’m pretty crazy about my hubby – I think he’s an amazing human. I really do. I love spending time with him.

But even I don’t want to talk to him all day without coming up for air. Sheesh.

It doesn’t even seem practical. You can’t just ignore everything going on around you all day and stare off dreamily into space talking to God. You’d get into accidents and irritate your boss and jeopardize your interactions with other humans.

So what can this verse mean?

I think it’s a reminder to make prayer a natural, organic process. A little like breathing. It’s a way to prompt us to think about God more often, to enjoy His gifts as well as ask for help when we need it. Thanks, praise, and petitions ought to be so much a part of our fabric that we have ‘God-thoughts’ on and off during the day as a matter of course.

Hmmm.

I do have God thoughts during the day. I do find things to be thankful for, and to ask God about.

But praying all day long?

I have a ways to go to get there.

Being mindful and grateful really helps. Understanding that God is the giver of all that is good reminds us to see Him behind and beneath and in everything good in our day. Training our eyes and ears to notice the gifts in our path also helps.

But we can always step it up a notch when it comes to praying more consistently throughout our daily activities.

Learn to pray more naturally throughout the day with me?

Father, remind us to be mindful of Your presence in our daily activities. Show us ways to continue the conversation, to focus our thoughts on thankfulness and praise, expressions of delight and petitions for help. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and lets grow together!

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