One prayer is better than no prayer at all, but from what the Bible teaches, prayer is not a “one and done” kind of thing.  Prayer should be ongoing.

Ephesians 6:18 says: Pray in the Spirit at all times and one every occasion.  Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 says:  Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.  In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

These verses from the New Testament are instructing us to do the following:

1.  Pray in the Spirit.  Take a moment before you pray to separate your mind from distractions and seek the presence of the Holy Spirit.

2. Pray at all times.  It’s great to pray at dinnertime and bedtime, but we’re supposed to pray all the time.

3. Pray on every occasion.  Whether it’s a good occasion or bad, a holiday or an ordinary day, pray.

4. Stay alert.  Be aware of what’s going on around you – in your relationships, family, home, school, workplace, church, community, state, nation, world, and most importantly -with yourself and in your heart.  What’s happening?  How could you pray for those things?

5. Be persistent.  Pray and keep praying. Watch how God’s work evolves and goes beyond what your prayers sought.

6. Rejoice and keep rejoicing!  Don’t you love it when others share their joy with you?  Well, we’re God’s loved ones and He likes to hear about our joys, too!  He especially likes it when we find joy in Him.  Keep rejoicing!

7. Pray without ceasing.  This instruction tells me two things.  1) Don’t stop praying. Keep praying throughout the day and night. Make God my constant companion.  2) Don’t give up.   Even when a situation seems hopeless, I need to keep praying.  Sometimes God responds right away.  Other times His responses take a while to come. We might not realize it, but God is always at work, even when it doesn’t seem so to us.

8. Give thanks for all things.  Keyword here is ‘all’.  Good, bad, or otherwise, give thanks to God.  Sometimes our greatest blessings come from things that are most difficult or hard for us to deal with – so give thanks for the hard times knowing God’s Hand of Blessing is somehow at work.  Other times our greatest blessings come from those times  when God tells us no or doesn’t produce the results we hoped for.  We must learn to be thankful in all situations, trusting that God knows best.  Assurance that God knows best – now that’s something to be thankful for!

9. Why? Because 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us these things are God’s will for us as Christians.

Think of something going on your life right now.  It might be something really good, or maybe it’s something that worries you.  Whatever it is, look back over the instructions these verses give us about prayer.  How might your situation, your loved ones, or even your own heart benefit from being persistent in prayer?  How might your spirits be lifted from giving thanks and rejoicing?  Most importantly, how might your time with God be made more special?  There’s only one way to know.  Start praying!  🙂

In closing, James 5:13, shared in a comment for the author of the blog site A Healing Path ( http://ahealingpath.wordpress.comAre any of you suffering hardships? You should pray.  Are any of you happy?  You should sing praises.       Then keep the prayers and praises going!    Blessings to all.   – Renee

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