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Summary: Where do you turn to when difficulty, sickness, hardship comes into your life? Where do you turn to for wisdom, guidance, comfort? The first place we should turn to is pray.

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The Priority of Prayer

1 Thess. 5:17

Where do you turn to when difficulty, sickness, hardship comes into your life? Where do you turn to for wisdom, guidance, comfort? The first place we should turn to is pray.

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This is not the only time in scripture that we find this command.

In Luke 18:1 says, “Then [Jesus] spoke a parable to them, that men ought always to pray and not lose heart,”

Jesus says we ought always to pray.

In Luke 21:36 again we find Jesus saying, “…pray always…”

Sorta sounds like “pray w/o ceasing” doesn’t it? Pray always.

Romans 12:12 directs us to, “continue steadfastly in prayer;” Steadfastly means persistently, constantly, faithfully.

Eph. 6:18, Paul told the believers there to “pray always with all prayer and supplication”. Sounds like something he would have heard Jesus say. Pray always.

Col. 4:2, the Bible says “Continue earnestly in prayer” Earnestly means continually.

1 Peter 4:7 says, “… the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.”

In Matt. 7, concerning prayer Jesus taught us to “ask and you will receive.” The verb “ask” is in the present tense which means to keep on asking which shows that we are not to just pray once and then stop. We are to keep on praying, keep on asking, keep on knocking, keep on seeking him in prayer.

The early believers are examples of this teaching. Acts 1:4 says of the early believers, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication”

Acts 2:42 says the early believers, “…continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Exactly what Rom. 12:12 instructs us to do.

Acts 6:4 the early church chose some men to serve as deacons so that the apostles could “give themselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word”

What does this mean “pray w/o ceasing”?

It speaks of the Priority of Prayer.

If we are to pray w/o ceasing that means we are to make prayer a priority.

A priority is something that we do first in importance. When difficulty, sickness, hardship comes into our lives the first place we should turn to is prayer.

We find examples of those in scripture who made prayer a priority in their own lives.

Ps. 63:1 David said, “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You;” “Early” If you do something early, you do it before you do other things. That’s a priority isn’t’ it?

Ps. 5:3 He tells God, “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct [my prayers] to You, And I will look up.”

David didn’t start his day until he had a little talk w\ Jesus. That’s making prayer a priority wouldn’t you say? Who’s the first person you talk to in the morning? For David it was God.

Ps. 55:17 he says, “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.”


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