When I think of the word cease it brings to mind things that drive me crazy….my alarm that won’t cease until I get up and turn it off, my rooster that will. not. cease. crowing at five in the morning, or my one child who loves to make the same noise over and over, louder and louder, until I am in danger of going crazy.
In Colossians 1:9 it says,
“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”
Have not ceased.
Will not cease.
It is prayer that is relentless. It doesn’t give up. It won’t quit.
And as we bring ourselves continually back to prayer, again and again, over and over, the enemy’s ears are ringing. That annoying sound threatens to make him crazy.
Our prayers. The prayers of a community of women, lifted up, for each other, in earnest, matter.
It’s me, on my knees, in battle, praying my guts out for my family, for my friends, for YOU. Asking God to fill each one with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
It’s you doing the same. It’s us, together, choosing to become women of prayer. And how do we do that?
We pray. We pray long, and we pray hard.
We pray while we wash the dishes, while we vacuum, while we run the kids to school, while we drive to our job, and while we fall asleep at night.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 gives us a simple plan for prayer…. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks.” I would say that each of these three things are a different kind of prayer. So when you are drawing a blank and feeling like prayer is just too hard, or you want to be a woman who prays without ceasing but you just can’t keep focused…
Remember the three things:
Rejoice. When you are happy, tell God about it. Turn on worship music, and dance before the Lord – sing and shout!
Pray. When things are stressful, worrying you, overwhelming, talk to God about them. Bring up anything that is going on in the moment and ask for wisdom. Tell Him your troubles, and talk it out with Him.
Give Thanks. Thank Him for anything and everything! Name each thing that you are thankful for, and thank Him for each one.
And as we do this together, we let the enemy know we will not cease – we will be women of prayer.
Pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Let us keep pointing each other back to where we need to be, on our knees.
Today leave a comment of prayer for yourself, and then pray over someone else who has left a comment. Let’s be women who don’t just talk about it. Let’s pray without ceasing for each other today!
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