In the four gospels, we see in several intances that Jesus would release His disciples for their night of sleep, while He would go away to pray for the night.

During His darkest hour in the garden, the disciples could not stay awake to pray with Him, no matter how crucial was the moment.
This is explained as being caused by the weakness of the flesh, before the time when the power of God, the Holy Spirit, was poured upon all flesh, from pentecost on.

I have been and go on pursuing for several years now, the aim of becoming such a disciple of the Lord Jesus-Christ, who knows how to fulfill such experience of service, in the discipline of ceaseless prayer.
Such spiritual State is what I ubderstand maturity of the one Faith to be deployes in one's life and in the Church's victorious ground.

Ceaseless prayer secures what Jesus describes as being:

"“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Jn 3,5-8

Paul is also quite clear from his own walk with the Lord, in echoeing that the Holy Spirit is the driving force of such discipline, keeping us going even when we have no clue as to how to proceed:

"Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified."
Rm 8, 26-30

The key to such discipline seems to be:

"...the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

Those "groanings which cannot be uttered" is the music that I ceaselessly fail to rejoice the Lord with. I go on uttering my pain, when in fact, all that is needed is my silent breathing of the Spirit into my attention and action.

-Please Lord, have mercy upon me and us all sinners and set me free to serve You and the Church in the complete measure that You've given me-

As I wrote earlier, I am seeking how to grow into praying ceaselessly, as the main exercise into the completion of the measure I am given of Christ. No more, no less and I am quite far from such completion, as I find myself thorned between the possibility of such maturity and the impossibility of my existantial-animal nature to comply with such spiritual basic need.

Can we share the experience of the Holy Sprit's power, love and wisdom in the midst of His family.
The Holy Spirit, the disciple and the Church become overcomers in answering God's calling by meeting Presence-to-presence with God, in the simplicity of our personal and communal devotion to our Savior, Lord and Brother Christ-Jesus?

In conclusion, the ceaseless prayer goes on in our spirit by the Holy Spirit, with or without our participation.
I am of the opinion that "the inner zone" of genuine ceaseless prayer is the only where and the only way for the children of God to remain aware of our participation into heaven's offer to heal humanity.

Please, let us pray until connectivity of the All-Mighty emerges in all of His glorious simplicity of our being into His Being and of His Being into ours, personally and communally...

...may all blesiings be with us all...
Benoit Couture

PastorDaveSallee's picture

I too am far from reaching

I too am far from reaching the goal I have for myself on this very issue. However, taking a quick pause to understand the different classifications of "prayer" can really help ... at least there has been some added value to my own communications with our Lord.

1st - Forgiveness
2nd - Requests
3rd - Praises/Worship
4th - Silence

Forgiveness - the time spent before the throne of God and admitting our sins, faults, laziness, etc.

Requests - by far the most commonly mentioned "prayers" in the New Testament. Even the famous "Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name," is a request. Jesus gives us the model of not necessarily starting our prayers with a praise as some mistake "Hallowed be thy name" to mean ... but, rather "May your name be made Hollowed (or Holy)." It actually is a worshipful request.

Praises/Worship - Memorizing the words to praise songs, or even better, the words of the Psalms works wonderfully for me.

Silence - "Be still and know that I am God." We often forget this type of prayer time. We need to be still at times to just listen. There really is a conversation going on! Two-sided even.

I don't yet have a master formula for which of these to do for how long during a given day. But, when prompted by the Holy Spirit to "pray" I can recall in my mind which of these I haven't done yet, or feel was not enough. Others might have additional "classifications", and I encourage you to post them here for me and others to be edified therein. However, I have found just these 4 to be quite effective.

Lastly, I find myself in a constant state of communication because I now have 4 reasons to speak to my Lord. I am running through my day with God as I'm putting on my socks ... or I'm dealing with some edification of the Holy Spirit in the shower. Knowing that there is still much more to do and not really knowing how much time I will be allowed for it in a day, it has become second-nature to run things through the "Heavenly Chain of Command" (if you'll allow such a grotesque illustration).

Dave

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Grace and peace to all,
Dave


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