|Inside our new Children's Ministry Building, under construction|
Conscious repetition leads to unceasing consciousness. I believe Paul's "unceasing praying" can be understood like this. The conscious dedication to intentional praying shapes us, by the Spirit, into constant pray-ers. Like the worship song that was repeated on Sunday morning is singing in my heart when I wake on Monday, the praying I do day by day and week by week and year by year has carved out a deep river in my heart that flows today. From much praying comes praying without ceasing.
Apply this to 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
- "Rejoice always" (which emerges out of an intentional worshiping life)
- "Pray without ceasing" (which happens as a result of choosing to pray consistently)
- "Give thanks in all circumstances" (which happens as a result of a consistent choosing to be thankful)
- "For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (This is God's "inclination" or "desire" (Greek thelema) for you; which is to say this is God's very heart, produced in you and I.)
- This rejoicing-praying-thanksgiving begins to loop through your being, without ceasing.