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  • Writer's pictureJamie Holden

February 10 Bible Reading Plan

I was watching a news show recently, and during a discussion, one of the hosts said something that hit a mark with me.

She said, “Recently, I have started the practice of putting good thoughts out into the world. If I see a young girl studying on the subway, I wish for her to do well. If I say a mother pushing a baby in the stroller, I wish for the baby to grow up happy and healthy.”

As I heard her say this, I couldn’t help but think, “That is so stupid and such a waste of time. Thinking good thoughts does absolutely nothing.”

The more I thought about it, the more I realized how much better it would be if she prayed for them. Prayer changes things. Just wishing for something does absolutely nothing.

It made me think of the Bible verse: pray without ceasing.

“…Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, ESV)

What does this verse really mean?

It means we pray all the time, throughout the day. When you see the mother with the baby, ask God to bless the mother so she comes to know Jesus and raise her little one to change the world for God’s kingdom.

It means you pray for the girl studying in the subway, asking God to help her learn and retain the knowledge so she does well in school.

If you see a man out with his kids, ask God to help him be a godly father who raises his kids for God and His kingdom.

That is praying without ceasing--seeing things around you and offering them to God as a prayer request. As men of God, we can hold people up in prayer throughout the day.

It’s essential to spend time in your prayer closet daily, but we don’t have to just pray in the prayer closet. We can pray throughout the day regardless of where you are or what you are doing.

So, become mighty prayer warriors and pray without ceasing.

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