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1 Thessalonians 5:17

King James Version (KJV)

Pray without ceasing.


1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Amplified Bible

Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - American Standard Version

pray without ceasing;

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Bible in Basic English

Keep on with your prayers.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Darby Bible

pray unceasingly;

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - English Standard Version

pray without ceasing,

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - King James Version

Pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - La Biblia de las Americas

orad sin cesar;

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - The Message

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - New American Standard Bible

pray without ceasing;

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Nueva Biblia Latinoamericana de Hoy

Oren sin cesar.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - World English Bible

Pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Young's Living Translation

continually pray ye;

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Additional Comments

(See also Eph 6:18.)
This means we need to be praying no matter how we feel (it's a choice, not a response to emotions). This means prayer is repetitious and persistent (Luke 11:5-8, Luke 18:1-8). In these prayers, it should be fervent, to accomplish much (James 5:16).
Here are prayer suggestions for points in the day:
Upon waking up in the morning:
- This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).
During your shower:
- Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).
Getting dressed:
- O Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment (Psalm 104:1-2).
- Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths (Psalm 25:4).
Beginning the day's work:
- Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands (Psalm 90:17).
When good things happen:
- Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things (Psalm 72:18).
During a difficult day:
- I lift up my eyes to the hills - from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121).
When you regret doing something:
- For your name's sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great (Psalm 25:11).
At the end of work:
- All your works praise you, O Lord, and your faithful servants bless you (Psalm 145:10).
At bedtime:
- I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me (Psalm 16:7).
The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence (excerpt)
Actually, I began to live
as if He and I were the only ones
alive in the world.
Sometime I thought of myself
as a poor criminal, and
He as my Judge.
At other times I thought of Him as
my Father.
Always I worshipped Him as often as I could,
keeping my mind in His holy presence.
When I wandered
I brought Him back to my mind.
This was a painful exercise,
but I persisted,
even through all difficulties.
But never did I trouble
my mind when I wandered
I made practicing His presence
my business
as much right through
the day
at the appointed prayer times.
At all times --
every hour,
every minute,
even at the busiest times,
I drove away from my mind
everything capable of spoiling
the sense of the presence of God.

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