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Praying Always (Part 3): Jesus and the never ceasing prayer life (Andrew Murray)

‘If you try to pray without ceasing because you want to be very pious and good, you will never succeed,’ warns Andrew Murray. There is only one way to a life of unceasing prayer, and it is not found in us, but in Jesus. ‘Christ makes us partakers with Him of His prayer-power and His prayer-life.’ And so it is Jesus who is ‘responsible for our praying without ceasing.’ Murray comes to prayer without ceasing in the last chapter of his classic With Christ in the School of Prayer . There he tells us that in this school: Christ teaches us to pray by showing us how He does it, by doing it in us, and by leading us to do it in Him and like Him. Christ is everything – the life and the strength – for a never-ceasing prayer life. Seeing Christ’s continuous praying as our life enables us to pray without ceasing. It is only because Christ’s life is now our life that ‘praying without ceasing can become the joy of heaven here on earth,’ for ‘never-ceasing prayer is the manifestation of the

Praying Always (Part 2): D.P. Williams on Communion with God in the Life of Prayer

Christians are called to a life of prayer. And, D.P. Williams explains, that life of prayer is a life of ‘deeper communion with God.’ Yet, we cannot climb up to communion with God, but can only be welcomed in by God’s grace to us in Jesus and by His Spirit. So, the life of prayer is not our accomplishment, but God’s gift.  We know that this life of prayer is God’s call to us as Christians. And we know that He alone can give this gift. Therefore, we should pray for prayer! We should cry out ‘for the Holy Spirit to come into your spirit to live the life of prayer and Divine fellowship.’ (Yet, in order to cry to the Lord for this, we must first come to the realisation that it isn’t something we can achieve for ourselves, and so ‘be absolutely broken’.)  Public prayer in the prayer meeting relies upon the reality of this hidden life of prayer. It’s not wordiness or length or exuberance that makes public prayer real. If those are the things were looking to, then ‘that is not re

Praying Always: A Pentecostal Perspective

The Bible tells us to ‘pray without ceasing’ (1 Thess. 5:17), ‘praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit’ (Eph. 6:18). Jesus Himself taught ‘that men always ought to pray and not lose heart’ (Lk 18:1). Perhaps, though, we are tempted to skip over the words ‘without ceasing’ and ‘always.’ Surely that’s just impossible anyway, we might think. And yet, it is the plain teaching of God’s Word. Those who trust in Christ are called to ‘pray without ceasing.’ The early Pentecostals saw the importance of this. Ps Arthur Lewis compared prayer to breathing in an article in the Riches of Grace in 1936. ‘Our breathing is normal under ordinary conditions,’ he wrote, ‘but when extra bodily effort is demanded, it deepens, becomes abnormal.’ Ps Lewis used this difference between all-the-time normal breathing and specifically needed abnormal breathing to explain the difference between two types of prayer (which he called  prayer and supplication ). ‘Prayer is our normal bre

Some Thoughts on Prayer (by D.P. Williams)

1. Before praying for anyone, or any cause, the spirit must be free towards God and Man. 2. We should not talk about any person, without being able to pray for such at the same time. 3. When praying, we should be on our guard not to be the accusers of the brethren. Avoid the spirit of condemnation while praying. It is the devil's work to accuse the brethren. 4. While praying, we ought to know how to deal with the cause of the wrong, then with the effect. 5. While praying, we must be always open to be searched by the Spirit as to our narrow-mindedness, and let Him enlarge our hearts towards all. The throne that we approach is universal. The Holy Spirit in His divine agency is universal, so we much be possessed with a universal heart. We are indebted to all. 6. Prayer must not be pointed at persons, but about persons for their good. 7. Prayer must be definite; never pray at random. 8. We must be prepared to fulfill our own prayers, when the Will of God had revealed