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~Pray with out ceasing~
What does that really mean?
Does it mean we are in a quiet room all day praying for specific things as we fast, or is it spending a weekend at a silent prayer retreat surrounded by God's beauty and peace all around us?
As wonderful as that may seem, that is not the reality of our every day busy lives.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 the Bible tells us to-
Rejoice always...pray continually.....give thanks in all circumstances...for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
For me, it means having an attitude of prayer, where my thoughts become my prayers, with a combination of gratitude and concern, in my everyday life. When someone comes to mind, I pray for them, right then and there. I don't wait for my personal quiet time with God to pray. I might be in the kitchen, driving or sorting through the mail. What does prayer look like for you? How do you pray?
We all need to know that we can turn to God at any time for any reason and bring our joys and sorrows to him for he truly does care. But it is also good to have a community of trusted friends and family around us that we can go to and ask to pray for us, especially when we hardly know how to pray for ourselves because of difficult circumstances. I feel extremely blessed to have this kind of community, in my church, my trusted friends, and with my Mennonite Girls, who are my spiritual sisters.
Do you need that kind of supportive community? Tell us, how can we pray for you? You don't need to leave your name if you are not comfortable doing that, the Lord knows who you are. Let us know, if are you hurting today, what are you thankful for today? We are committed to praying for you. Lifting your concerns up to the Lord, and laying them at his feet, and also rejoicing with you in the good times of your life.
In closing I would like offer a prayer for you paraphrased from Ephesians 3
......I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator, of everything in heaven and earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources that he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your heart as you trust in him. May your roots grow deep into God's love and keep you strong. May you be able to fully understand how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is for you. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to fully comprehend. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Glory to God who is able, through his mighty power at work with in you to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or dare dream of. Glory to him in Christ Jesus......forever and ever, Amen.