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'Never stop praying.' 1 Thessalonians 5:17 GWT

Paul says, 'Never stop praying' (1 Thessalonians 5:17 GWT). Why? Because, no matter what you are doing in your day, God loves to hear from you!

Author Cheri Fuller writes: 'I used to think if I didn't pray at a certain time each day, my prayers didn't count. Then I discovered that Paul's command to "Pray all the time," means more than just spending a lot of time on your knees; it means having constant communication with God, and an increasing awareness of his presence. This didn't really sink in until my son left for college. Busy with his studies, he didn't call home often. But when he did I'd drop everything just to hear his voice! Now I realise that God feels the same way about me, only 100 times more! I also noticed throughout the Bible God used short prayers to accomplish great things - like raising the dead and parting the Red Sea. Then it dawned on me that thoughts such as, "If I can't pray for an hour, why bother?" are foolish. It's wonderful to have longer prayer sessions when I can, but knowing short prayers have a big impact, encourages me to pray throughout the day.'

Everyone has their own rhythm of prayer, but the important thing is that we are continually sharing our hearts with our heavenly Father.

So what now? Pay attention to your own rhythms of prayer. Are you really opening up or just going through the motions? God loves to hear your voice, so stay in touch with him.

Soulfood: 2 Sam 1:1 - 3:21, Matt 25:1-13, Ps 109:16-31, Prov 18:1-3

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