Never Stop Praying
August 13, 2022 – Ron Green
Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
What do you mean never stop praying? I don’t even know what prayer really is or know how to pray. You may have heard this saying, “There’s Power in Prayer.” It’s true, there’s power in prayer and I hope and pray that if you haven’t experienced the power of prayer, that some day you will. I have found some information on prayer and wanted to share some of what I have found. I don’t have all the answers but I do this as an encouragement for others. If you are struggling with your prayer life, please reach out to your church’s ministry to help you learn more about praying.
Definition of Prayer:
The act of praying is a communion with God by showing a deep religious feeling or commitment. A spiritual communion as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession.
Prayer brings a sense of alignment with God. Having such an alignment brings healing, peace, and direction in the lives of the believers.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Ellen White writes from the book “Steps to Christ” page 93:
Known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.
From the daily devotional: The Mountains are Calling, Day 4
Those listening to Jesus teach were quite familiar with prayer. Prayer was foundational in the Jewish culture. The people practiced prayer in the local synagogue and in their homes. But Jesus wanted them to understand the true nature of prayer. He wanted to make sure that his followers avoided two extremes when it came to praying. First, he did not want them to make prayer a public spectacle, like those he labeled as hypocrites. Second, he wanted to make sure that their prayers were not mechanical, that they were something more than the monotonous repetitions of the Gentiles.
Jesus emphasized to them that prayer was not to be a mindless ritual or an exercise of piety on a public platform but rather the means to a relationship with him.
Prayer is the Master Key:
Jesus started and ended everything he did with prayer. Jesus is the go between you and God the Father. Prayer is the key that unlocks the door to communion with Deity. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20
I found a study of what happens to our body when we pray. I don’t have medical proof of this documented post that I found on the internet, but I thought it was worthy of posting and letting you decide if there’s any truth to it.
Ok, a scan of the brain was conducted for this study. The study showed when you pray your brain turns dark in the Parietal Lobe of the brain. This maybe a indicator that the neural connection to the brain sun is alternating how you see the world.
Another study was conducted at the University of Pennsylvania. In this study it was shown praying releases increased levels of dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is the hormone that is released from the brain when you are happy.
If we are not continuing to pray to God, then what are we doing.
When you pray go to a place where you are not bothered. A place where no distractions get in your way. Now of course when you are praying with a group, that seems not to be the case. But as a group in prayer you can turn the outside world off for what ever time it takes for you to pray together. Here’s a good example of that. When you seat in church and prayer is given, are you paying attention to the prayer or distracted by the busyness of the world.
So, what is the perfect time to pray?
The best time to pray is anytime you feel there’s a need to pray. Remember, praying is simply communicating with God. You can pray to thank God for doing something for you or just to speak to Him. You don’t have to have a problem or need to pray to God. Remember God knows all things about you and He will give you all you need.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
Romans 8:26 NLT