Thursday, February 22, 2018

How to Pray Without Ceasing--The Simple, Easy Way

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Can you really pray without ceasing? Seems like a lot of knee work!

"Anything which today seems supernatural, once it is rightly understood, becomes totally natural." Ernest Holmes

Like most of us here in America who are over the age of 40, I grew up in a house of prayer. It was the kind of prayer that seemed to always be begging and pleading. O! Give me this; o! give me that, I’d hear my mother or aunts or church people moan. Rarely did I hear gratitude or real joy coming from all those lips.

As I grew older, I stopped praying altogether. I mean, after all, I had rarely seen any real answers, only ‘Well, I guess it’s God’s will’ every time the disappointment set in. No more money than yesterday. No new car today.

One day, I discovered something radical.

I was contemplating what the heck St. Paul meant when he admonished his readers and listeners to ‘pray without ceasing.’ I’d heard that passage many times over the years but was never satisfied with the explanations—from parents, priests, pastors—no one.

But this time it was different. Paul wasn’t talking about being continually on one’s knees, crying out for help or mercy. He was directing his people to walk in a constant state of grace, that is, gratitude. To be continually in ‘spirit space,’ as I call it. To live like prayer is a relationship, not a demand.

Prayer is not pleading; prayer is not begging; prayer is not hoping. True prayer is action oriented. True prayer is trust. Paraphrasing Unity luminary Eric Butterworth, when you come to completely trust your Source, you’ll never need to pray—in the traditional sense—again. Rev. Butterworth lets us know that all’s well, regardless of appearances. So, here are some power ways to pray:

“There is an inherent law of mind that we increase whatever we praise. . . We can praise our own abilities and the very brain cells will expand and increase in capacity and intelligence when we speak words of encouragement and appreciation to them.”
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity

“When answers to prayer appear in orderly and unspectacular ways, your skeptical friends will tell you it is just coincidence.”
Harry Morgan Moses

 “Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers.”
Anstin O’Malley

It really is simple…and clear. Prayer is a walk, not a talk. It’s the continual practice of gratitude, compassion, and service.

Finally, to understand that we live in a blessed and magnificent universe, that no matter the appearances, all is well, is to pray without ceasing.

Simple, easy, and powerful!

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