Continually Devoted To Prayer
By Pastor Bill Murchison
The early church was continually devoting themselves to prayer. (See Acts 1:14; 2:42; Acts 6:4; Rom 12:12.) We are commanded to devote ourselves to prayer in Col 4:2. We are taught to pray without ceasing in 1 Thess 5:17. We are told to pray at all times in Eph 6:18. Yet we (the church) have not fully grasped this concept. We believe it is for those called to be intercessors. Many people I speak to do not know how to pray at all times. They do not know how to spend more than a few minutes in prayer. They do not know how to be devoted to prayer. Therefore, let me give you a few practical ways to walk in this principle.
Philippians 4:6-7 says for us to pray about everything. This means that we should pray about our finances, our marriages, our children, our parents, our jobs, our church family, our church leadership, our neighbors, and our governmental leaders. We should be praying for our president, his administration, for Congress, for the Senate, and for the upcoming elections. (We should also cast our votes.)
Since we are to pray at all times, we should pray when we are at work, when we are playing, when we are driving, when we are happy, when we are sad–at all times. Paul tells Timothy in 1 Tim 2:8 that he wants men in every place to pray lifting hands. It is okay to pray while you are at work. If your co-worker is struggling or sick, ask if it would be okay for you to pray for them. Say a short prayer for them. Send up short prayers to the Lord throughout the day. Leave your concentrated prayers for times that you set aside just for prayer.
In 1 Cor 14:15, we are told to pray with the spirit and with the mind. Eph 6:18-19 says to pray in the Spirit at all times. Spend time praying in your prayer language. Spend time praying with your mind. Almost every time I start praying in the Spirit, I break out in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. It is like the two go hand in hand.
The Lord said to Joshua, be strong and courageous, for I am with you. Jesus said He would never leave us nor forsake us. Immanuel is with us at all times. When we are devoted to prayer, when we pray without ceasing, when we pray at all times and pray in every place, we are really just fellowshipping with the Lord. We are talking to our constant Companion, who is with us at all times. Let’s become devoted to prayer!