READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:12-17
Pray without ceasing. (v. 17)
In the story “The Way of the Pilgrim” a peasant in Russia hears a sermon on the text “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and goes on a search to find out how to do it. Along the way an old monk teaches him the Jesus Prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.” With constant repetition of this prayer it becomes sewn into the fabric of his being. It resonates in him constantly, in times of joy and of difficulty.
Whether with the aid of the Jesus Prayer or another sentence prayer, to “pray without ceasing” is to live every moment with a consciousness of God. Our whole life can be prayer if it is an offering to God. We can be aware of the presence of God in every moment.
Every sign of beauty is an occasion to praise God, every gift is a moment of thanksgiving, every distress a time for lament to God. Every failure is an opportunity to confess and then celebrate the grace of Christ, and every feeling of weakness is a time to trust in the power of God. Prayer becomes a way of life with our Creator, Savior, and ever present Spirit.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, make us always conscious of you. Amen.