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Wandering Wednesday:Pray without Ceasing

As a young person, I wondered how it was possible to pray without ceasing. As I have grown in age and spiritual maturity, I have realized that this isn’t as impossible as it seems. 

When I have hit rough patches in life, my dependency on Him has deepened. This is much like any other human relationship. When we have a friend who is willing to be there for us through a tough time, we feel closer to that person as a result. It is the same with Christ. As we rely on him through difficulties, we feel closer and closer to him. Thus, we invite him in to our every day life because he is our true and constant friend. He is never judgmental. He always understands. He can be trusted.

My view of praying without ceasing doesn’t involve a constant conscious or vocal prayer. It is more of an attitude and an invitation that we are giving to the Holy Spirit to be with us and guide us through our day. When we are constantly aware of His presence with us, we reach out to Him throughout our day and dialogue with Him becomes a natural part of our existence.

The fact that I call myself a Christian does not only mean that I believe that Jesus died for my sin. It also means that I live my life for Him.  The Bible teaches that this involves giving up who I am in order that He is more present with me. Matthew 16:24-25 says, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” As one who is in the process of denying myself, I am dependent on the help of the Holy Spirit minute by minute. Romans 8 and Galatians 5 refer to this act of dependency as walking in the Spirit. 

I have discovered that although walking in the Spirit requires the sacrifice of my flesh (my physical, mental and emotional desires), it is truly the only way to actually live. We were created for relationship with God. If we exist on this earth without that relationship, we fall short of our intended purpose. When we walk with Jesus and live a life of prayer without ceasing, we discover life at a completely new level. There is One who cares, who is constantly reaching out and speaking to our hearts. The choice to live a life of prayer without ceasing brings greater hope and more clarity to every situation that I encounter in this life.

Monica Mouer is first a devoted follower of Christ.  She is also wife to Wil Mouer (newly assigned Lead Pastor of Ephesus Church in Charlotte), and they have three children: Quint age 9, Tobias age 6, and Bela 18months.  Monica is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of North Carolina and specializes in working with adolescents. She enjoys reading, exercising and learning more about how to eat and live healthy.


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