Pray without ceasing

PRAYER: Pray Without Ceasing, by John Piper

September 29, 2016

From Desiring God But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:12–18) Last week we ended abruptly in our exposition of Psalm 1 at the word [...]

UNITY: Pray Without Ceasing, by Margaret O’Gara

September 29, 2016

From No turning Back The theme of this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is “pray without ceasing.”  Taken from the short letter of Paul to the Thessalonians, this exhortation to pray without ceasing reminds us of the necessity of prayer for the Christian life.  Paul wants the church to help the weak, to encourage the fainthearted, and admonish idlers, not to repay evil for evil.  And in the midst of their rejoicing they must “pray without ceasing.”  But today this prayer without ceasing is set alongside the great prayer of Jesus for the unity of his followers.  Jesus prayed that his followers may all be one: As you, Father are in me and I am in you, may they also be one in us, so that the world may believe [...]

PRAYER: Prayer As A Means Of Practicing The Presence Of God, And Finding The Sacred In The Every Day, by Arthur E. Woolley, Jr.

September 27, 2016

In talking about prayer that will help us to recognize the presence of God and the sacred in every day, we are not talking about our morning, noon, and evening prayers.  Nor are we speaking of the Daily Offices of Matins and Evensong.  Rather we are thinking of Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Thessalonians: Pray without ceasing.  In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. The apostle is thinking of very short spoken prayers of praise, thanksgiving, petition, and intercession; exclamations, spoken or unspoken.  Remember, Jesus warns about those who use many words in praying.  Christ says, But when you pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be [...]

PRAYER: Pray Without Ceasing, by The Monks of New Skete

September 27, 2016

From In the Spirit of Happiness Unceasing prayer is not a technique.  To isolate Saint Paul’s admonition, to take it out of its context, does violence to his intent.  Surrounding the admonition are two other exhortations that express how he conceived unceasing prayer: Be happy always: Greet everyone and everything openly and cheerfully, even in adversity.  Sing together joyfully. Pray without ceasing: Don’t forget to pray; be open to God’s presence.  Don’t stop praying together just because difficulties arise, or when everything’s fine.  Pay attention and avoid distractions. Be grateful in all circumstances: Be generous and appreciative, find something positive, even during reversals and setbacks. [...]

PRAYER: Pray Without Ceasing, by Dom Paschal Scotti

September 26, 2016

From The Portsmouth Review We have no command to work and to pass the night in vigils and to fast constantly.  However, we do have an obligation to “pray without ceasing.”  This quotation from Evagrius Ponticus is a good reflection of the belief of the early Christians about prayer.  In the letters of Saint Paul we frequently see the injunction to pray ceaselessly, as, for example in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (Pray without ceasing), and Romans 12:12 (Be constant in prayer), and Ephesians 6:18 (Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit).  In the gospels themselves Jesus emphasizes persistent prayer, as in Luke 18 where Jesus taught the disciples a parable: to the effect that they ought always to pray [...]