I rolled out of bed at 4:30 this morning with the same thoughts that were on my mind when I crawled into it last night—the prayers of Samuel and Paul. Both of these men, one from the Old Testament and the other from the New Testament, were prayer warriors.
One word in particular was on my mind, and it was used by both men. It’s the word “ceasing.”
- I Samuel 12:23: God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way.
- I Thessalonians 5:17: Pray without
When you read the writings of Paul, it’s easy to see that he was a man of prayer:
- Colossians 1:9-10: We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will…so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects.
- Ephesians 3:16-17: I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
- Philippians 1:9-11: And I pray this, that your love may abound even more and more in knowledge and every kind of insight so that you can decide what is best, and thus be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.
I think the Achilles heel of too many people is that we cease without praying instead of praying without ceasing. Only heaven knows how many lives have benefitted from and were changed by the prayers of Samuel, Paul, and people like you and me.
May we not sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray. . .