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What constitutes a prayer or what does it mean to pray? The English dictionary defines prayer as a devout petition to God or a spiritual communion with God. To pray is to communicate with the Infinite Mind – God. And it is through prayer that we communicate our request to the Infinite Mind. Everyone pray but whether they are aware of it is another different matter altogether. And I want to state it here that all prayers are answered. I know that some people will disagree with my assertion that all prayers are answered but I stand by this claim because the evidence to support my claim is strong and convincing enough to pass the “beyond reasonable doubt” threshold.
Before I go in-depth with my assertion that all prayers are answered, what do you understand by to “Pray without ceasing“? Or what is the true meaning of praying without ceasing to you?
A lot of people assume or wrongly believe that to pray without ceasing means the non-stop utterances of words to God, in which we communicate our needs and desires. This is one form of prayer but no one is capable of talking non-stopping for a whole day, let alone a whole week or month.
The hint to understanding the statement “pray without ceasing” lies in the last two phrases, “without ceasing”. This means non-stop. It will be unrealistic to expect anyone, no matter how devoted they might be, to continue to utter words non-stop until their prayer is answered. Apostle Paul was not trying to make an unrealistic demand when he gave the instruction and advice to “pray without season” in his letters to the Thessalonians.
So Apostle Paul was not talking about the non-stop utterances of words in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, he was talking about the combination of thoughts, words and action as a form of prayer. To pray without ceasing is to communicate your request to the Infinite Mind, in an all-round manner through your thoughts, words and actions. This is the only way you can pray without ceasing and when you pray in this manner, your prayers will always be answered.
How to effectively pray without ceasing
I said earlier in this article that all prayers are answered. I backed this assertion by the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 9:29 – “According to your faith be it unto you.” Your prayer will always be answered in accordance with your faith. If you have zero faith, you get zero results, and if you have some amount of faith, the answers to your prayers will also come in the same proportion to your faith and believe. It works in the same manner the number you multiply a number with. If you multiply 1,000 by zero, you will get zero but if you multiply it by 2, you will get 2,000. So your faith is everything.
Faith is the key that will unlock the door to the answers to your prayers. So understanding the link between how you pray and your faith is of vital importance.
Praying without ceasing in an effective manner will indubitably increase your faith which will, in turn, lead to your prayer being answered. It is then of vital importance for you to know how to effectively pray without ceasing.
To effectively pray without ceasing involves three things. These are words, thoughts and behaviour or actions.
(1) Words: Everyone who has ever prayed, prayed by uttering words. Some people pray by reading prayer books or pouring out their hearts and some pray by reading Psalms from the Bible. Prayer by words is not restricted to these two methods. Affirmations are also prayers and so are songs of praise and worships.
To submit your request to God (pray) by the means of words is an effective means of praying without ceasing. This prayer should be done regularly or until you feel in your heart that your prayer has been answered. For prayer by the means of words to be effective, you must first have faith in what you’re saying and you must do it at particular times each day. For example, you can set aside 8 am to 8:30 am and 9 pm to 9:30 pm each day to pray.
No matter how small your faith was when you first started praying, if you discipline yourself to follow the timetable you set up for your prayer times, within 2 to 3 weeks of adhering to your prayer timetable, you will notice a tremendous increase in your faith. And the more your faith grows the easier and quicker your prayers will all-around.
(2) Thoughts: The number one reason why a lot of people prayers are not “answered” (although prayers are always answered in accordance to the person’s belief), is because their words and thoughts don’t match.
Thoughts and words must be in alignment for a prayer to be answered correctly and when thoughts and words are not in alignment, whatever the person is emitting through their thoughts, will be answered.
So the first step in using your thoughts correctly in terms of praying without ceasing is to align your thoughts with your words. Don’t be saying one thing and be thinking the opposite. If you do this, you will get the opposite of you’ve asked for in your worded prayer to the Infinite Mind.
The second step in using your thoughts effectively to pray without ceasing is to use it to keep your prayer request in your mind constantly. Focus your thoughts intensely on your prayer request constantly. Focus on it with the mindset that the prayers are already answered.
Doing the second step of what is required to be done with your thought is what separates those whose prayers are answered and those whose prayers go unanswered.
There is no other work mankind run away from than the work of repeated concentrated positive thoughts on the things they want. This is because the average person thought is always jumping from one thing to another. Their thoughts can hardly stay on one thing for more than a minute. So asking them to focus their thoughts all day on their prayers being answered, without thinking of some vain things is just too laborious for the average person.
Any person who can firstly align his thoughts with his or her worded prayer in a positive way and then focus all of his or her thoughts on those worded prayers as already answered, will not only increase his or her faith to great size but the person will have answers to their prayers in a very short period of time. Remember – According to your faith be it unto you. Matthew 9:29 AKJV.
(3) Actions: If you have worded your prayers correctly and have succeeded in focusing all your thoughts on your prayers being answered, then it is inevitable that your actions will follow suit. It will be impossible for me to think and believe that am a millionaire and then dress like a poor person. Your actions will always be a reflection of what you’re thinking.
But for the sake of emphasizing the point correctly, I will state it here again. Your actions MUST be in alignment with your prayers as already answered. If for example, you are praying for a new house, then you should start planning what type of decoration you want inside the house and what type beautification you will do to the front and back of the house. This action shows faith and the more you do it, the faster you will get what you’ve been praying for.
Don’t permit doubt
For those who are just building up their faith, it is normal for doubt to appear from time to time but you must not allow it. Christ said, “whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” – Mark 11:24 NKJV. This means you should believe and not doubt.
Doubt will ensure that your prayers are unanswered. You must shut the gate of your mind to doubt and only believe that you already have that which you ask for. I could go on about what a destructive energy doubt is, but I will rather keep it simple by saying the only thing that will stop you from manifesting your heart desires is doubt. Jesus made it clear in Mark 11:23 that only doubt can prevent miraculous and extraordinary manifestation.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23 AKJV.
Underline the sentence, “and shall not doubt in his heart“.
You cannot impress God – The Infinite Mind, by having a special prayer session in the day where you tell Him all your heart desires and then dismiss the matter from your mind afterwards until your next prayer session. This is wasted effort. You can do this for years and you still wouldn’t get the answer to whatever you are praying for.
The instruction is simple and straightforward, and it is that you pray without ceasing. Have a special prayer sessions timetable if you want but the praying must be non-stop. The prayer must continue in your thought and you must focus all your thoughts on your prayer as being answered already. When doing this, put everything else aside.
Do not waste or scatter your thought energy on things that have no connection to your prayer request or the thing you would like to manifest.
Prayers are always answered but for a prayer to be answered, it must be communicated to the Infinite Mind constantly through your words, thoughts and actions. This is the effective way to pray without ceasing and if you are successful in praying in this manner, I can guarantee that your prayers will surely be answered.
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