June 12, 2024

Unbroken Communion

Written by Boyd Bailey

Praying without ceasing is an invitation to a life of unbroken communion with God.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 12, 2024

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV

My wife Rita is in constant communication with our four adult daughters, even moment by moment depending on the need, they are always connected by love. A parenting issue, a financial question, or an upcoming calendar coordination—nothing is too small or too much to talk about. I admire how they can pick up where they left off without losing connection. How are they able to have what seems like unbroken communication? They love and trust each other. And, love and trust are the prerequisites to prayer without ceasing with our Savior Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul, in his first letter to the Thessalonians, exhorts believers to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, ESV). This brief yet profound directive encapsulates a significant aspect of the Christian life—maintaining an ongoing, unbroken communion with God. But what does it mean to pray without ceasing, and how can we practically live out this command in our daily lives? We first need to grasp the essence of prayer. Prayer is not merely a religious ritual or a recitation of words; it is a conversation with our heavenly Father. It is a means of expressing our thoughts, desires, fears, and gratitude to God. Through prayer, we align our hearts with His will, receive His guidance, and find strength and comfort in His presence.

When Paul urges us to pray without ceasing, he is inviting us to cultivate a continuous awareness of God’s presence in our lives. This does not mean that we must be on our knees with hands clasped and eyes closed all day long. Instead, it means integrating prayer into every aspect of our lives, making it as natural as breathing. One way to pray without ceasing is to start and end our day with prayer. Begin each morning by acknowledging God’s sovereignty, thanking Him for a new day, and seeking His guidance and protection. At night, reflect on the day’s events, confess any sins, express gratitude, and trust in His provision for tomorrow.

Another practical approach is to turn our thoughts into prayers throughout the day. When faced with a difficult situation, we can silently ask God for wisdom and strength. When we experience joy, we can thank Him for His blessings. Even in mundane tasks, we can invite God into the moment, asking Him to help us perform our duties with excellence and love. Moreover, cultivating a heart of gratitude can help us with unbroken communion. By regularly thanking God for His blessings—both big and small—we develop an attitude of dependence on Him. Gratitude keeps our focus on God’s goodness and fosters a spirit of continuous prayer.

Engaging with Scripture is also vital. The Bible is God’s Word, and as we read and meditate on it, we are drawn into a deeper conversation with Him. Scripture provides the vocabulary for our prayers, and its truths anchor us in God’s promises, fueling our ongoing dialogue with Him.

Community prayer is another powerful way to live out this command. Joining with fellow believers in prayer, whether in church, small groups, or with family, strengthens our collective faith and reminds us of the power of united prayer. Jesus promised that where two or three gather in His name, He is there with them (Matthew 18:20). Corporate prayer encourages us and helps us remain steadfast in our personal prayer lives.

Remember, relying on the Holy Spirit is crucial. The Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (Romans 8:26). When we feel weak or uncertain about how to pray, we can trust that the Holy Spirit is praying on our behalf, guiding our hearts and minds toward God’s will.

Praying without ceasing is an invitation to a life of unbroken communion with God. It is about making prayer an integral part of our daily existence, turning our thoughts, words, and actions into a continuous conversation with our heavenly Father. Oswald Chambers summarizes:

Our thinking about prayer, whether right or wrong, is based on our own mental conception of it. The correct concept is to think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts. Our blood flows and our breathing continue “without ceasing”; we are not even conscious of it, but it never stops. And we are not always conscious of Jesus keeping us in perfect oneness with God, but if we are obeying Him, He always is. Prayer is not an exercise; it is the life of the saint. Beware of anything that stops the offering up of prayer. “Pray without ceasing…”— maintain the childlike habit of offering up prayer in your heart to God all the time.


Lord, teach me to pray without ceasing, not as a duty but as a privilege of constant communion with You. May my heart be ever open to Your presence, my lips quick to praise and petition. In every moment, let my life be a prayer unto You. Amen.


Consider a morning, mid-day and evening prayer routine.

Related Reading

Numbers 6:24-26; Psalm 19; Proverbs 30:7-9; John 17; Ephesians 1:15-23

Worship Resource

Stephen McWhirter: Come Jesus Come


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