What Does Unceasing Prayer Look Like?

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{Guest Devotional by Brenda Stroth} 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)

Pray without ceasing.
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Not my little girl.  

It isn’t supposed to happen like this. 

One phone call turned my world upside down.  

It was breast cancer, a fast growing, aggressive cancer that would require radical treatment. 

And she lived nearly 2000 miles away.  

Within two weeks we moved across the country so that I could advocate for her and be her full time caregiver.   

As unprepared as we were in this situation, He gave us His Grace in the midst of our storm. 

Navigating the medical system and making life altering decisions when we were still in shock and denial felt a lot like walking on a stormy sea.

Of course, my stormy sea felt like I was walking in a tsunami with 50 ft tidal waves, and I had to dodge ship wreckage debris and fight off angry, dive bombing seagulls.  

And my glasses kept fogging up so I couldn’t always see Jesus clearly.  

And that was on a good day. Before my first cup of coffee.

What does unceasing prayer look like in circumstances like these?  

It could be that you say, Oh God, Oh God, Oh God a thousand times.  
Or fall to your knees and repeat your petitions to Him, 
or sit in silence and tune out the world while you wait for His response, 
or maybe just cry out to Him with unintelligible words and groaning in your spirit. 

It’s not a script or formula that you follow.  

It’s a state of being you engage in.  

This world is a very hard place to navigate at times.  

And while we live here, in this temporary home, we experience hardships, loss and difficulties, as well as joy and laughter and blessings. 

It’s just the way it is.  

No matter our circumstances, whether joyful or sorrow-filled, we are given the command to: Rejoice always, Pray without ceasing, In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

I have been a student of the Bible for over 40 years, but I don’t think I really understood this passage before.  

Pray without ceasing.  

It’s not because God cannot remember you, or you have to earn His answers. He wants intimacy with us.  

During those long hours, days, weeks, months; when my child’s life was threatened by the dark arm of evil cancer, I did not need to remind God of anything. 

Prayer was my lifeline to God’s Throne, my link to His heart.  

And the more I prayed the more I was in His presence, and I was changed forever. 

Unceasing prayer will change YOU. (<-- Click here to tweet this)

I met God face to face. As dark as those days were, His Presence was strong, bright and precious.  

Whatever your situation, God loves you and wants to have intimacy with you. 

God will draw you to Himself in every situation, if you will allow it. 

What do you think unceasing prayer looks and sounds like? Will you allow God to draw you to Himself in every situation? Prayer: God, I don't have words to pray in these circumstances but you know that I need you and I want you to be part of this. Lord, come, bring your peace, your hope and your love into this situation. Show me how to pray unceasingly, show me how to make prayer the heartbeat of my relationship with you.

Brenda Stroth
[About The Author Of This Guest Devotional]
My daughter’s cancer required many months of surgeries and treatments. It challenged us in ways that I could not even begin to explain. She survived it, and is now cancer free, and living her life out loud. I live in Texas with my adoring husband, Jeff, and have been a Writer/Conference Speaker/Ministry leader for 30 years.  I am passionate about sharing my stories at BFace2Face.wordpress.com

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