Isn’t this a gift to have all that we have with Connect so that we are able to do all of this with memorization and prayer as a team? I thank all of you, such as Carson and the others, who have put this together to work out so well for us.
Please post your prayer requests this week, even if they are the same as last week’s. Sustained prayer is what we are going for.
I’d like to add a comment about prayer that I am realizing. In many of our memorized chapters and even in many chapters we haven’t, the aspect of not ceasing to pray and to be constant in prayer is repeated. Now a book could be written on the subject but I’d like to share just one thought regarding it.
How can I be praying for you constantly? If I do, how about them? How can I do my job if I am praying unceasingly?
Jesus often went up alone to pray. Usually the result of those times was receiving from the Father things like assigning His 12 apostles or walking on water or being tempted in the wilderness. It was also a time of deep communion. But Jesus went down among the people. Why didn’t He just stay on the hill and pray - unceasingly?
I believe when He prayed on the hills it was what we call devotions. But then He got up and did things. Now here is where I think the unceasing prayer is vital. Jesus,lived with an attitude of prayer. In other words, an attitude is that we don’t say, “Well. I got my prayer time in for the day” and dive into the day. Rather, we ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us as Jesus did when He prayed for guidance from the Father.
What does that look like? I feel that it is the same as you being with your most beloved friend all day and night - just being with each other. Sometimes neither of you are saying anything, but you are conscious of each other’s presence. As friends, it may be that you say why don’t we do such and such? The bottom line is that you aren’t friends just when you have a conversation but you are active friends all day. You know each other so well and move about accordingly. I am doing a pathetic job of communicating what I am thinking.
Our day should be one long prayer where we trust the Holy Spirit to lead and guide our every move. As we go into the day with that attitude, I feel that it speaks of unceasing prayer. We are always available to the Spirit’s prompting.
I didn’t mean to sermonize, only share a thought. Your feedback is very welcomed even if it isn’t affirming.