December 11, 2019
Don’t Be Ridiculous
Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
The week after I became a Christian, I heard a minister say, “We should pray without ceasing as the Bible says to do.” I had not prayed in years and initially found it difficult just to remember to pray over my food. However, I wanted to obey the Bible, so I asked God to help me to pray always and about everything.
The Lord did help me. Each day He gave me small opportunities to pray. Usually I would not think to pray about things such as losing my keys or getting a stomachache, but He would prompt me. Soon, I was praying while cooking breakfast, while helping my children get ready for school, while cleaning the house, while gardening, and every time I got in the car.
Several years passed, and then one day when I was on my way to pick up my children from school, I turned on the radio and heard an interesting comment about the idea of praying without ceasing. The commentator said, “Of course, the Bible doesn’t mean to literally pray without ceasing, because that would be impossible, and it is ridiculous to bother God about every little thing.” I turned off the radio, but continued to think about what had been said. On the drive home I prayed, as I always did, at the entrance to the freeway. The words from the radio came back to me, though, and I wondered, Am I being ridiculous? Plenty of drivers get on the freeway every day without praying, and nothing happens to them. Maybe I do bother God with unnecessary things.
Right then the Lord reminded me of a time when He had told me to change lanes. I had been driving on the freeway in the right-hand lane when an urgent thought came to me to move to the other lane. I looked to my left and saw that there was no room to get over, but I signaled anyway and began to squeeze my way in. As I did so, the tire blew out on the car that had been in front of me. That car slowed abruptly, almost stopping. Had I still been behind it, I would have crashed into it.
The Lord’s reminder that day convinced me of the value of praying without ceasing. Now, I start praying as soon as I awake in the morning, and I pray about everything. Yes, some might think it is a little ridiculous to pray about things that are routine; however, when I think about what could have happened if I had not prayed on the morning that God told me to change lanes, it seems more ridiculous not to pray. If you find it difficult to pray without ceasing, ask the Lord to teach you how to do it. The more you pray, the more you will see His hand moving in your life.