Pray Without Ceasing!


We are told by the Lord in 1 Thess 5:17 to pray without ceasing.  God wants us to pray continually.  How can one do this?  Don’t we have to work and multitask throughout the day?  Yes, of course we do.  But when we understand the definition of the word “pray” then we will understand what the Lord is telling us to do.


To pray means much more that what we have been told.  When you search the Strong’s Dictionary and Concordance you will find a deeper understanding of this powerful word.  One of the aspects of this word is to “set in motion” and to “maintain the momentum” of what you have set in motion.  This deepens the meaning of the imperative to “pray without ceasing”. 


This is something we can do.  We see prayer is applied through the words we speak.  Our words are productive setting things in motion and maintaining the momentum of what we have set in motion.


We know that God created man in His very own image and after His likeness.  We are in the God class.  When God brought light to the world the Bible accounts that: …God said, ‘let there be light’ (or ‘light be!’), and there was light”.  Light came into existence at that moment.  In fact light is still “being” in that the universe is still expanding at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second).  God’s spoken Word produces what He speaks. We are created in His image and after His likeness; therefore our words have the same effect.  "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)


The words we pray are very important and must be carefully chosen.  Jesus said out of the abundance of the heart (the heart, i.e. (fig.) the thoughts or feelings (mind)), the mouth speaks.  That is why Romans 12:2 tells us to renew our minds (to the Word of God.)  We are told this so that we can prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.  Praying the Will of God is also our responsibility and is to be our direction and goal for prayer.


We intercessors know that praying or setting in motion God’s will is what we are to do.  But many times when we are not sure what the will of God is and we adlib and pray something frilly or general to cover the situation.  That’s where we pray something less than God’s Will.  When we pray something less than God’s will we are relying on something other than our re-born spirit to bring to mind what to say in our prayer.


The Bible says that we are a spirit, we have a soul (mind, will, and emotions) and we live in a body.  Paul said in 1 Thess. 5:23 “…sanctify you wholly; and your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless….” The whole person is spirit, soul and body.  When we are born-again the spirit man is regenerated and passes from death to life and is now possessed by the Holy Spirit of God.  It is from the spirit that we relate to God and receive from Him for our minds still have to be renewed and our bodies are still just our bodies.  It is from our spirit that we are to receive wisdom, knowledge and Revelation from the Lord concerning how or what to pray.  It is in this realm where many make the fatal mistake of allowing the mind to generate the words to pray.  If we refuse to utter a word until we have heard from the Lord (through our spirit), we will then avoid the error of praying our will or our thoughts in a given situation.


Here are some examples of the misuse of prayer:


Soulish prayers:  Prayers that are generated from our mind will or emotions.  Soul prayers enlist our soul in an attempt to pressure the spirit and mind of another person to come around to or move toward our desired way of thinking.  We are attempting to play god and force our will on the other person.  It is a form of manipulation, control and witchcraft.  Soulish prayers are particularly destructive when the parties are “open” to one another.


Physic prayers:  Praying with a wrong motivation to pressure others to act, think or feel a certain way.  Psychic prayers attempt to influence the Lord to cause someone to move in a certain direction.  Whether or not the direction desired is God’s will for the person makes no difference.  This is a disguised form of witchcraft and often Jezebel in nature; it is manipulation and is dangerous. 


Here is a classic example:


“A man may desire to gain the affections of a young lady. Because his desire for her is so earnest, he becomes convinced that it is God’s will for a close relationship with this lady. Even though he takes his request to God, it is possible that his mind is made up, so his prayer becomes more of a pressing confirmation, than seeking God’s will.”


“Deceiving spirits can arrange circumstances to be the desired confirmation. He probably really believes that he heard from the Lord. Then he starts praying “ for her eyes to be opened” to see the same revelation concerning him. Mentally he has put a chain on her spirit and is attempting to place her in a form of spiritual bondage to himself, even if she is unaware of this.”


“She will start thinking about the man and wonder why, because there is no apparent reason for her to think of him. She has no particular drawing toward him.  The spirit of lust driving this process can be transmitted through physic prayers.  If she does not discern this, she may be pressured into a relationship by the force of these physic prayers.”


Are you beginning to see how many have erred in intercession?  Jesus said, “…not My will but Thy will….” And “Our Father which art in heaven… Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done….” Jesus prayed this way to give us an example of HOW TO PRAY.  Jesus also said that He does not say anything unless He hears the Father say it and He does not do anything unless He sees the Father do it.  He was fully submitted to the very thing we are referring to here: the Will of the Father. 


John 8:28  Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
John 5:19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.



For several years, a small group of believers came together weekly to “hear from the Lord” and to “set in motion” (pray) whatever He had on His heart.  Each time we met, we consistently “waited” on Him to Reveal to us what to pray.  After all was said and done, we “let it alone”; literally committing it to Him for usually, what was set in motion was a larger thing than we could figure out how to do anyway.  Without exception, every single thing we set in motion came to pass exactly as it was spoken. 


One notable time, the Lord called us to gather for prayer.  This time there were only 3 of us that could make it to this prayer-session.  We started out in our usual way; thanksgiving, praising and waiting on Him.  Only this time, He was not speaking.  15 minutes elapsed; still nothing.  30 minutes elapsed, then 45 minutes without a Word.  Finally, at the end of almost an hour, which seemed like an eternity, without a Word, the Lord spoke.  He simply said, “WELL DONE!”  I asked Him what He meant as we had not set one Word or word in motion.  He told us that He didn’t give us anything to set in motion but, rather, wanted us to realize, understand and have confidence in the fact that we do hear His voice.  He wanted us to know that we were in His Will in that we would not compromise hearing only from Him to save our face.  It is nothing other than pride entering in that would motivate us to pray our word rather than sit and have nothing to pray.


Here is a sobering truth that the Lord revealed as preparation was made to teach this information to a group of believers.  Jesus said that one put a thousand to flight and two ten thousand.  What is being “put to flight?  Angels who do God’s bidding and hearken to the voice of the Lord.  When we pray God’s will, speaking His Word, angels are dispatched to accomplish His Word and Will.  Praying the Word does not mean finding a scripture verse that fits the situation and to manipulate the person or situation.  However, when we pray (set in motion) things that have come from our soul (mind will or emotions) we still put or set a thousand to flight - but not God’s angels.  We set in motion demonic forces or demons.  The Bible tells us Satan is the god of this world and is the prince of the power of the air (thoughts).  When we pray anything less than God’s will we activate the forces of darkness, Satan being the head; who also comes as an angel of light.  If we, even unknowingly, work with the devil, backlash and evil consequences can and most likely will come upon us.


The tragic part of this is that many times when soul prayers or psychic prayers are prayed and answered we give God credit for what the devil has done.  This is one of the devil’s most insidious deceptions in that even the “very elect” of God’s people are many times lured in and deceived.


We know that the Word says that by Jesus stripes we WERE healed.  That means if we were, we are; now; all we must do is receive it by faith.  We are also aware that the devil came to kill, steal and destroy.  Satan is the one who places a sickness or disease on a person with the goal of destruction.  If he thinks he can obtain his objective by removing what he placed on a person, he will.  Satan never heals but he may remove the problem.  Because we have not known about psychic and soul prayers we may inadvertently rise up and say, “God healed him”


One way to tell if we have prayed amiss is to evaluate the peace, joy and confidence we have after we have prayed.  1 John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask ANYTHING according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we KNOW that we HAVE the petitions that we desired of him.”  When we pray His will there is NO anxiety.  There is confidence and the prayer is answered.


The bottom line is that we need to make sure that we are praying correctly and teaching others to do so as well.  Take a minute to examine yourself.  If you have prayed incorrectly repent and do what James 1 tells us, “if any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God… ask in faith, not wavering…and it shall be given him.”


I encourage you also to take this information directly to the Lord and see if these things are so.  You will gain a new confidence and dynamic in your prayer life.

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