Some verses I have been thinking over today:
Ephesians 6:18 “Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
Matthew 6:7 “And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard.”
In the context of these verses, I found the word “pray” to be a very interesting word study.
“to exchange wishes; pray – literally, to interact with the Lord by switching human wishes (ideas) for His wishes as He imparts faith (“divine persuasion”)”
In other words, praying is asking for God’s will to be done rather than ours — exchanging our will for His — and allowing Him to build our faith with what is in accordance to His will. And this is to be a constant and unceasing exercise.
So then, there is a difference between “praying always” (persistent, unceasing, constant prayers) and a babbling prayer with many useless words.
✔︎ The first is daily and unceasingly submitting our will to the will of our Heavenly Father.
✘ The second is attempting to bend God’s will to our own.
What verses are you studying and thinking about today?