THE INSTRUCTION TO PRAY

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“Pray without ceasing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17

The believer in Christ is a man who is designed to live by instructions- the instructions in the word and by the Spirit.

Before the advent of the Spirit, godly instructions were burdensome and could barely be adhered to.

Thankfully, Christ came and the Spirit of God began to dwell in all who believe. This changed man’s disposition toward instructions. It fundamentally changed it.

There are very few verses of scripture that are as clear and instructive as the theme scripture for today. The scripture oozes of clarity. It is one without ifs, ands or buts.

Apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Thessalonica instructs that they pray without ceasing. At first glance, you are tempted to believe that this church was lackadaisical with respect to prayer.

However, after a careful study of the scriptures, you come up with the conclusion that the reason why Apostle Paul mentioned it to this church is that it’s an instruction he gave to every church he had apostolic oversight of.

The instruction to pray is unarguably his most emphasized instruction. Let’s look at a couple of them.

“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer”
Romans 12:11-12

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”
Colossians 4:2

To the church at Ephesus, he took it a step further. He specifically instructed that they pray always in the Spirit.

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”
Ephesians 6:18

The instruction to pray is so emphasized, you can’t afford to ignore it. Disobedience to this instruction will be unprofitable to you.

Pray today. Pray always!

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