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The Word for September 2017

The General Overseer has received a Word for each Month of the Year 2017 for our confession, meditation and action. The Word for August is from Ephesians 3:20. To put in context, you may want to read verses 20 and 21. I absolutely love this verse in the Amplified Bible: 

[20] Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, [21] to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20-21 (Amplified Bible).

Understanding The Biblical Injunction To Never Stop Praying.

PAUL didn’t make a mistake when he told the Church in Thessalonica [1 Thessalonians 5:17]: Pray without ceasing (NASB); Never stop praying (NLT); Be unceasing in prayer (Weymouth New Testament); Pray unceasingly (Darby Bible); Continually be prayerful (ISV); or Pray continually (NIV)! On the contrary, these are carefully chosen words given under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

The Bible is full of similar admonitions. Take a look at some of them:

  • Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the LORD hears my voice. ~Psalm 55:17 (NLT)
  • Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up ~Luke 18:1 (NIV)
  • Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ~Romans 12:12 (ESV)
  • Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. ~Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

In other words, it is possible to never stop praying! It is possible to pray continually! It is possible to pray without ceasing! It is possible to always pray! And yes, it is possible to continually be prayerful! Obviously not in our own strength! We must depend on the Lord through our Helper, the Holy Spirit.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength -(Philippians 4:13, NLT)

I believe we CAN pray continually and never stop praying if we:

  • Develop an attitude of prayer,
  • Are conscious of the Lord’s presence at all times; and
  • Are in constant fellowship and communion with the Lord.

All these will begin to happen when we start spending quality time in His Word and in prayer!