Paradise Calvary Chapel

Devotionals

Pray Without Ceasing
Anonymous - April 17, 2015
Devotional

Pray without Ceasing 1 Thessalonians 5:12-25 Jesus has been ministering to my heart a new facet of prayer. The whole concept of “pray without ceasing” was always a far-off idea that I felt was only reserved for angelically spiritual people. Then, through the Lords faithfulness, He continued to show me the sin in my heart that is remaining undealt with and why should sin stay? Why should it linger? How long should we allow sin to make home? How comfortable will it get or how many people in our lives will our sin infect? Christ has already declared, many times, His promises and desire to free us from sin to grow more in His image, to be strengthened by Him in times of temptation and the possibility for strongholds in our lives to be conquered. So why for the past couple years have I allowed sin to make home in my heart, affecting my friends and family and ruining my testimony to them? My struggles with bitterness, gossip, resentment, discontentment- all boiling down to the simple root of a lack of prayer. Gisela Yohannan, in her book Broken for a Purpose, stated, “The Bible tells me that He is able to create something out of nothing, just as He did the universe. So even if there is nothing in my heart, He can create what is missing.” What a beautiful truth. If I really was obeying 2 Corinthians 10:5 by taking every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ what would happen to my walk with Him? If I gave Him every thought that wasn’t glorifying to Him, what would happen to my mind? This week I have found myself continually repeating to myself in my mind Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me”. I want a clean heart; I especially want the Cleaner of my heart to be an all loving all faithful God. There is so much of Him that is missing in me; so much of the room in my heart is dark. I don’t want to just be saved; I don’t want a lukewarm season of Christianity. I want constant communion with Him. Through practicing thought-captivity and unceasing-prayer He will create in me attributes of Himself. What has surprised me the most these last couple weeks is how quickly my sin reminded me to pray. I’ve had the same sinful struggles for so long; I have become so familiar with them. So in the past couple weeks every time my mind began to gossip, judge, be impartial, or just be plain selfish He was so faithful to purposely grab my attention and bring my eyes back to Him. What a complex and yet simple God we serve. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.