Pray Without Ceasing


 Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

~I Thessalonians 5:16-18, NET


“My part is to live in this hour in continuous inner conversation with God, and in perfect responsiveness to His  will.”

~Frank Laubach

The Washington Post told the story of a fifteen year old girl that sent 6,473 text messages in one month. When ask about her phone habit, she said, “I stay in constant communication with my friends, I would die without it.” Researches tell us that the average teenage girl sends 2,200 text messages each month. I doubt seriously that I send a hundred. The ongoing digital conversation that is going on between teenagers is a remarkable illustration of what prayer should be like for a believer. Bro. Inman said many times that Paul’s admonition to the Thessalonians was not to stay on your knees all the time but to be in an attitude of prayer all the time. Paul also told the Colossians, “We have not stopped praying for you.” To the Ephesians, he said, “Pray in the Spirit at all times.”

Frank Charles Laubach was a Congregational Christian missionary educated at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and a mystic known as “The Apostle to the Illiterates.” He had a particular burden for those who could not read. He was also a man of prayer and made a habit of shooting prayers at people as he encountered during the day. Every time he saw someone he knew, he said a prayer for them. I sent a couple of text during my prayer time yesterday. I have learned to pray for people when their name comes to mind. Sometimes I text them afterwards and tell them I was thinking about them. I don’t pray many long prayers; just like I don’t send many long text messages, but I do pray a lot of short ones. My stomach doctor recently told me that I needed to eat 6-8 meals a day, very small meals like a snack. I have a tendency to eat two or three large meals. Could it be that many short prayers are better than one long one? You can shoot a prayer in my direction anytime you want: I am not offended.

Reminds me of a song Doug sings often…TURN YOUR RADIO ON…

Turn your radio on, and listen to the music in the air
Turn your radio on, Heaven’s glory shared,
Turn your lights down low, and listen to the Master’s radio
Get in touch with God, Turn your radio on.


PTL, I think, I hope for a slower day but you never know. I do need to go back to Huntsville Hospital. Sam Cowart has had a stroke and he cannot talk. His breathing is also labored. Pray for Sam. He is in discomfort. Continue to pray for my sister Holly. She is having a rough time. Cooled off a bit but it doesn’t feel bad to me. The sun is out and that helps. We need about ten days of sunshine so we can move some dirt at the POINT. We want to break ground for our fellowship hall but it will not stop raining long enough to haul the dirt. We aren’t going to fret: it gives us more time to raise money.

Keep praying for Teddy Turrentine. He is not back to a hundred percent and he is traveling this weekend. Shoot a prayer toward Teddy.

Communion this Sunday at the POINT.

Have a great day and thanks for reading the blog.

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