The Heart of Prayer

“Pray without ceasing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV

Today’s devotional gets to the “heart of prayer”. Paul simply says, “pray without ceasing.” In other words, don’t stop praying!

Prayer provides the ability for us to communicate with God and to live each moment with a constant connection to Him. Making prayer our priority makes God our priority.


When we think about prayer we often think about:



The Posture of Prayer
"How to Pray"



The Priority of Prayer
"When to Pray"



The Place of Prayer
"Where to Pray"

I believe the greatest reason we are to pray is because it provides the opportunity to stay in God’s presence (why we pray).

The Passion Translation of our verse says, “Make Your Life a Prayer.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (TPT) 

Now that’s interesting. How do I make my life a prayer? Could it be that Paul really wants us to understand that prayer is not just for when I want something, but prayer is the tool God gives us to stay continually connected to Him.

Today’s verse is between “Rejoice evermore” (vs. 16) and “In everything give thanks.” (vs. 18) It has been said that rejoicing evermore affects our mental health and giving thanks affects our emotional health. Praying without ceasing affects our “heart health”. When I pray, my heart touches God’s heart and my heart begins to beat to His rhythm.

In other words, my prayer life will drive my life.

How is the health of your heart? Do you live in a place of constant fellowship with the Lord? If we include God in every part of our life, our life will become a prayer… a constant connection to the Lord. 

Today I invite you to "Pray without ceasing." Know that God’s answer is closer to you than You think; however, you must connect with Him through prayer. 

“As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”
Psalms 55:16-17 KJV

Pastor Dr. Elmer Hess, Jr.


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