Sunday, July 06, 2014

Praying Continually: Hold Your Will to the Current of Power (Prayer Summer 2014)

Glen Arbor, Michigan
Pray continually.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

The secret to "praying continually" is connectedness with Jesus. Out of the soil of real relationship "prayer without ceasing" grows.

This past week Linda and I were on vacation. We were in a beautiful lake house in northern Michigan. We were together all the time. We shared experiences and talked about them and sometimes just sat together looking at the lake. We ate together, and talked as we ate. Connection is the key to ongoing conversation.

The unceasing, continual praying Paul had experienced was not some arduous task-oriented duty. Continual praying will not come by trying harder. It will flow out of connectedness.

Frank Laubach put it this way.

“The task to which You have called me is as hard to accomplish as scaling Mount Everest, but You can accomplish it if I can keep my will attuned to Your will…. That is my task, to hold my will to the current of power, and let You sweep through endlessly.” (Quoted in Richard Foster, Prayer - 10th Anniversary Edition: Finding the Heart's True Home, pp. 125-126)

Connect to Jesus. Conversation with God follows.