In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are admonished to “Pray without ceasing.”
This passage could be interpreted in two different ways, and I like and apply both nuances.
On the one hand, it is beneficial to have a regular prayer time.
Tennessee Ernie Ford used to sing a song called “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” another great hymn was “In the Garden.” Both songs speak to the bliss of daily prayer.
I have had a daily prayer time since I first gave my life over to Jesus many years ago.
My day feels incomplete if I miss that time, but there is a second sense to this verse – the notion that we should always be in an attitude of prayer, a constant sense of communion with our heavenly Father.
The last prayer I typically prayer during my morning prayer time is that God will not leave me when I walk out of my prayer closet, that the sense I have of His presence as I actively pray will continue all day.
Dedicated daily prayer time is a discipline, and so is the practice of God’s presence at every moment of every day.
When I am with Him, I am at peace.
When I forget that He is near, I am easily troubled.
If you want abiding peace, dedicate time during each day for prayer and go beyond daily prayer to the practice of God’s presence in every moment of every day.