Another way of looking at “pray without ceasing”

I believe “pray without ceasing” is not a “should” it’s a “realize.” It’s realizing we have unceasing contact with our Father, because of Jesus Christ.

As our brother, the ascended Jesus now represents us in the presence of the Father, so that we can share the same kind of relationship with the Father that he has. And because we trust Jesus to be doing that for us, we can experience that relationship right now. Prayer without ceasing, then, is acknowledging we always have contact with God because of Jesus, and simply making the most of it!

There isn’t a moment in our lives when we’re out of contact with God: “Jesus died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him,” 1 Thessalonians 5:10. Asleep or awake, Jesus has us with him, and since he’s in the presence of the Father at all times, so are we. And if that isn’t real to us yet, the Holy Spirit fills in for us, keeping our connection unceasingly intact, Romans 8:26-27.

So our contact with God never ceases at any point in our lives. To pray without ceasing, then, is simply our way of participating in what Jesus and the Holy Spirit are constantly making possible. It’s our way of saying, “I understand what God sent Jesus to die for, that nothing in my life passes God by. I therefore pray what I am, a child of God, with a Father who’s always listening, and I’m exploiting it to the full!”

That’s what Jesus did when he was human. He said he “lived because of his Father,” John 6:57. His life never felt empty or useless because he knew his Father was interested and concerned every second of every day in what Jesus was doing or going through. Not a moment passed when his Father wasn’t intimately involved in his life. And because of that relationship with his Father, Jesus survived whatever life threw at him.

And Jesus now offers that same life to us, same verse – “SO the one who feeds on me will live because of me.” We now live because of Christ, meaning OUR lives too are never empty or useless, because there isn’t a moment when Christ isn’t involved in our lives, either. HIS love for us too is unceasing, Romans 8:38-39.

So now we have Father, Son and Spirit always listening, always interested, always concerned, and forever unceasing in their love for us. Their door is always open, and the welcome sign is never removed. In return, we are unceasing in our belief that we can pray to them at any time and we have their ear.

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