Pray Continually

1 Thessalonians 5:17

A few years ago, my husband and I decided to paint a few rooms in our home. Instead of hiring professional painters, we chose to do it ourselves. We researched online, bought all of the necessary supplies and chose paint colors.

When the day arrived to paint, we got an early start by moving furniture and taking pictures off the walls. We also placed painterโ€™s tape around the edges of the baseboards. On paper, this necessary prep work seemed like a quick task, but in reality, it took us all day.

The next day we painted two coats of primer on the walls. As we waited for each layer to dry, we realized our project would be delayed yet another day. The next day was the beginning of a new week and we could only paint during the evening hours. This slowed our progress even further.

Throughout the week, we lived in chaotic clutter. Nothing was where it was supposed to be, making our home one big obstacle to navigate. Our windows were bare, giving passersby a peek into our messy home.

I became frustrated and irritated. I snapped at my husband when he wanted to put another coat of paint on the walls. I wanted to be finished and have my home back in order. He reminded me to stay focused on the walls.

When I shifted my thoughts from a disorganized home to painting the walls, everything seemed fall into place. Soon the walls were done and everything was put back in its place. I felt whole again. Isaiah 26:3 says

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

When we take our eyes off of the Father, we can feel discontent and unorganized. When we focus on God and his greatness, our situations will not change, but we will be. He will give us the grace to endure whatever situation we are in.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) says

Pray continually.

Paul is telling us to make prayer a regular part of our entire day. Just like we schedule time to eat, work and sleep, we must make the time to pray. God is always with us always and we should not ignore him.

Make the decision today to be in constant prayer. Talk to God in every situation, even the small ones.

26 thoughts on “Pray Continually

  1. I absolutely hate painting. It makes me really cranky as well :). I love those simple 2 words: “Pray continually.” It changes my day if I chat with God throughout it instead of just in the morning or evening. Such an important reminder here!

  2. I have this verse on my bathroom wall. This peace that we can have in the midst of irritating circumstances can only come when we keep our eyes fixed on the author and keeper of that peace.

    Very important reminder for us to keep fresh in our hearts!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  3. Jenny – what a good illustration about keeping your eyes focused on the walls. I’m a bit frustrated with where God has my life right now. I’m looking at the mess more than at Him. And when I don’t look at Him, I’m not seeing the good work He is continuing.
    Thank you for this reminder!

  4. Jenny:
    This is a good reminder! This AM the Lord impressed on me that “your most powerful weapon is not just your words, but your words with Me.” I think if we knew the actual power behind our prayers (backed by His covenant with us), we’d never stop praying! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing.
    Deb

  5. I like these verses too:
    Philippians 4:6-8 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

    Thanks for sharing. We need always be remind to pray.

  6. Jenny I love this, “When we take our eyes off of the Father, we can feel discontent and unorganized. When we focus on God and his greatness, our situations will not change, but we will be.” Beautiful words picture. ~visiting from Woman2Woman

  7. Jenny, this is a fun (and applicable) analogy. We try to paint our walls each time we move with the military since this will only be our home for a season. I admit, I am often like you as far as getting twitchy and ready to be done fast– instead of focusing on staying steadfast on the goal.

    Both in painting and also sometimes in faith. Hard balance to strike, but appreciate your encouragement here.

  8. Oh, yes — instead of keeping our eyes on the prize of a painted room we focus on how long it takes. I, too, have been guilty of doing the same thing spiritually. It’s taking too long for God’s answer to get here so I get discouraged. What a great analogy!

  9. Perspective…it’s so easy to lose it…especially without prayer. And projects like that are always so worth it when it’s all put back together. Thanks for sharing…your neighbor at Blessing Counters.

  10. Continually…without ceasing…praying is living and living is praying, isn’t it? Thanks for the focus.
    Visiting form UNITE.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  11. “When we take our eyes off of the Father, we can feel discontent and unorganized. When we focus on God and his greatness, our situations will not change, but we will be. He will give us the grace to endure whatever situation we are in.”
    so, so needed that tonight!
    thank you!
    s.rae
    your neighbor over at kate megill’s place. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. “When we focus on God and his greatness, our situations will not change, but we will be.” Jenny, I love your application to painting your walls and the importance of keeping our focus on God. With our focus on Him, we can reap the benefits of continual communion with our Heavenly Father.

    I am always surprised at how long those seemingly simple task take to complete, but I have learned time spent in preparation gives me a job well done. Thank you for sharing your encouraging words at #IntentionalTuesday.

  13. “When we take our eyes off of the Father, we can feel discontent and unorganized. When we focus on God and his greatness, our situations will not change, but we will be. ” That is so true! Sharing on Twitter! :). Thanks for linking at Women With Intention!

  14. I do believe this is one of your best posts, my friend. Life is cluttered and messy. And we just can’t control it, no matter how hard we try. But if we know our focus.. Jesus Christ… and keep our eyes and minds on Him? well, that changes everything, doesn’t it? thanks for this powerful post and the paint story that so vividly illustrates the point. Visiting from Grace and Truth ๐Ÿ™‚

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