Essay Praying Without Ceasing And The Practice Of The Prayer

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One of the main themes as mentioned in the documents is on praying without ceasing as this is what Paul commands in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing” (King James Version). In the following I will explore the meaning of praying without ceasing and develop implications of this theme. I will look into the meaning of praying without ceasing and the practice and the attitude of the prayer. I conclude that the implications of praying without ceasing are to protect us from the evil, to keep us focus in God and we have an intimate relationship with God.
Meaning
Paul’s command in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing” (King James Version). In the Way of a Pilgrim the pilgrim raises the question about what it means to pray without ceasing. He considers whether it means “we ought always, at all times and in all places, to pray with uplifted hands.” Obviously, it cannot mean we are to be in a head-bowed, eyes-closed and always on our knees posture all day long. The monk teaches the pilgrim the breath prayer or Jesus prayer. He mentions that “the continuous interior Prayer of Jesus is a constant uninterrupted calling upon the divine Name of Jesus with the lips, in the spirit, in the heart; while forming a mental picture of His constant presence and imploring His grace, during every occupation, at all times, in all places, even during sleep.” It means that we enter into a spiritual atmosphere where God 's presence influences our lives. Prayer is the…

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