Continual Fellowship with His Majesty
1 Thessalonians 5:17
“Pray without ceasing”
Prayer is the secret force behind our works of righteousness. Without prayer, our efforts are useless, because it is only through a connection with the One who is power that we can do anything. “For without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). It is not within ourselves that fruit is produced, nor are we able to catch any fish of our own devise, but only with the presence and instruction of the Master will our nets overflow, and our cups run over with new wine.
For it is not the bush that is holy, but the fire that burns in it; it is not the clay pot that is holy of itself, but the glory of God that fills it. You and I are not the great ones that can do all things, but when our lives are fully surrendered to Christ, and He abides in us, all things become possible. Then we will bear much fruit, and that fruit will remain. The secret is staying connected to the One who is life, and prayer is the door way to that connection. Jesus said, “He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit…” (John 15:5).
There are multiple ways of praying, all of which we should practice. There are times that we should pull away from everyone, and pour out our hearts to the God of heaven, praying with fervency and earnestness of soul. During these times, those who are in Christ are able to reach our hand into heaven and touch the very mercy seat of God, knowing that we have received the things that we have asked of Him (1 John 5:14,15). Like Elijah, “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16), so walk uprightly before your God, and pray passionately. Your prayers will move mountains.
Another type of prayer is corporate prayer, which can be very effective when we are praying according to God’s will. Jesus said that, “where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst’s of them” (Matthew 18:20). He also promised us in Matthew 18: 19 that when two of us agree on earth (in prayer) concerning anything that we ask, it will be done by our Father who is in heaven. Once again, the key ingredient is praying according to God’s will (1 John 5:14). Those are the petitions that the Father will gladly grant us.
And last, but most beautiful, is continual prayer. This can only be done when one has been born of Gods Spirit, and has the Witness abiding in them (Romans 8:16). Praying without ceasing is being continually conscious of God’s presence in your life, and remaining in constant fellowship with Him. It’s like being permanently tuned in to your favorite radio station, and always paying attention; you continually speaking to God (even silently in your heart), and He continually speaking to you. This is the most wonderful thing in life, and if you are clueless to what I am saying, then I pray that you examine yourself to see whether you are truly born again.
Jesus gave us the greatest example of a Man of prayer. Often He would wander away from everyone to go seek the Father, even praying all night long. After He came from these times of great communion, He was burning with power, and had clear instructions for His next steps. He did this to show us how to live, so that we too should seek the Father (in Jesus name) in all we do, and then obey His voice.
Prayer, though essential, should never be used as a substitute for obedience to God’s word. We ought to go to our knees, and then to the armory, take up our heavenly weaponry and fight for souls. This should be the greatest burning ambition of our Christian walks, that as many as possible may come to repentance and find life in the Savior. This is the essence of loving our neighbor as ourselves, for we cannot love God if we do not care about the soul of our neighbor. I will end with this reminder, that Jesus, our wonderful King, told us to pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into the fields; For the harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37, 38).
May the Lords grace be with all of you who do Gods will
Love in Christ, Jonathan Ball