when i was in college i was involved in campus crusade. every week we’d meet in an old theater for fellowship, worship and a message. it was awesome. i miss it! i still remember a particular lesson about prayer from one of those nights…

i don’t remember who was speaking, or what the message was really about, but something they said totally stuck out to me. they talked about  1 Thes. 5:17.

 ” pray without ceasing…”

how do you pray constantly? without stopping? without doing anything else?

how in the world do you do that?

that night, they talked about praying like you breathe.  hang with me…{i’m not sure if they actually said this, but this is what i have taken away from it all these years…} but what if we thought about prayer as much as we did about breathing? see, we don’t think of breathing at all. it just happens. what if we prayed like that?

they explained that if you think about it as you breathe…as you breathe in, breathe in the Holy Spirit, breathe in His goodness, breathe in His hope and joy.

as you breathe out, breathe out the evil thoughts, breathe out the failures that you’ve felt, breathe out the hurt, the things not of God,  breathe out and give them up to God.

little breaths. not much said or done. but little moments of hope and release.

i think it takes thought and practice at first. you can’t just not think about it to be able to pray at first. but after practice… it could be as easy and simple as breathing.

we all can learn to “pray without ceasing…”

{this is day 23 of 31 days of prayer! thanks for being here, friends!}

 

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