Abundant life, Encouragement, Leadership, prayer

That Woman is Crazy!

woman talking aloud“ There is my Aunt again, talking to herself while she was doing the dishes.  We all laughed because we thought she was crazy.  She talked to herself while she was out in the garden or other routine things during the day.”  We never could figure out what she was mumbling about until I was grown and found the Lord.  I realized she found the treasure of prayer without ceasing. 

This story was told by a friend of mine and I often ponder on it’s meaning throughout the day for myself.  Many people beat themselves up because they desire to find time to pray more but just don’t take the time to sit down and pray over certain needs or certain prayers.  I find that guilt plagues the mind of those who feel as though they should spend a certain amount of time to pray.  Of course, we need to be real too.  According to our society and the fast paced world we live in, time is a key factor and there is never enough time. Most of us find ourselves at the end of the day exhausted and hit the bed to awake and do the same routine all over again. Where is prayer and thanksgiving fit in?  Prayer is a discipline that one must put forth the effort but it is also a mindset.  The focus is heart attitude and a mental note.  It is deciding to rejoice and giving thanks for all things. Therefore, effective prayer is a proper heart attitude along with a mental outlook of joyful thanksgiving and it expresses itself throughout the day with silent mental prayer of communication with the Lord. When we keep and maintain a healthy relationship with God then we allow His Spirit to be with us throughout the day. It is being aware God is with you and you are thankful.  Just like the story.  The Godly woman wasn’t speaking to herself throughout the day because she was mentally insane. She was talking to her love, her Savior, her Redeemer, her best friend Jesus Christ.

talking to her SaviorYou can pray without ceasing while driving your car, washing dishes or clothes, mowing the lawn, along with other daily routines.  We can open up our heart to His Spirit even at times when He urges us to pray for something or someone.  Praying without ceasing doesn’t always take the place of time alone in prayer with God, but in times where people are around us. Nevertheless, it is a joyful experience to unite with the lord who lays burdens on our hearts. We can’t always stop and kneel, but our heart attitude can still be “praying without ceasing.”

 All God’s people are praying people. We are to continually to be prayerful or without ceasing, never stop praying. A truly prayerful life is a life of constant joy. We could rejoice more, if we prayed more. Prayer will help forward all God’s will for us, and those around us, along with every good work.If we pray without ceasing, we shall not want in the matter for thanksgiving. We shall see cause to give thanks for past and present, temporal and spiritual mercies.

 Colossians 4:2  Be earnest and unwearied in prayer, being on the alert in it and in your giving of thanks. 

I Thessalonians 5:17  Pray without ceasing.

time to pray - all day without ceasing 

If you find yourself feeling lonely, disconnected or much stress and strain in your life along with many burdens, take time to make a list of things you are thankful for and start mumbling your prayers of thanksgiving throughout the day.  You will change, because prayer changes everything, it doesn’t make you crazy.

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