“Pray at all times.” Ephesians 6:18
At a writers' conference I attended, Jerry Jenkins admited that praying constantly is tough. During an interview for a book, Jenkins flinched when he asked Billy Graham if he prayed without ceasing. Rev. Graham replied, “Yes. I’m praying right now, as I’m talking to you—praying that God will use this book; that He will get the glory.”
How can we, like Billy Graham, develop a lifestyle of prayer?
The following suggestions dramatically increased both my awareness of needs and the time I spend talking with God.
- As soon as God reveals a need (thru TV, work, a prayer chain)
- With, or at least for, friends or relatives facing a challenge
- While driving by a church or other ministry location
- When an emergency vehicle is seen or a siren heard
- For co-workers or classmates while traveling to work or school
- About the activities listed in the church bulletin and newsletter
- Immediately when someone comes to mind
- Lying in bed waiting for sleep
- For fellow patients waiting in the doctor’s office
- For those whose homes you pass while walking, running, or biking. (Thanks for this suggestion, Tyrean!)
Praying without ceasing isn’t really that hard after all!
©2012 Pamela D. Williams