“Pray without ceasing.”
Oh, this verse used to just make me mad. I mean, what was Paul thinking? Pray all day? How could I possibly do that?
But the thought haunted me and led me to a book, The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.
Brother Lawrence was a monk who lived in the seventeenth century in France–a man who performed menial kitchen tasks and learned how to stay in communion continually with the God he loved.
But that book did not help either. I mean, he didn’t have four kids who were driving him crazy with their trails of clothing strewn from one room to another. He didn’t have to rush those children from sports practice to music practice. He didn’t have to stand up in front of high school kids and teach them something every day. He simply had to wash pots.
So, I kept searching other classic writers on prayer: Andrew Murray, Charles Spurgeon, E. M. Bounds, Teresa of Avila, Madame Guyon, Frank Laubach, and a man simply referred to as The Pilgrim. Each had a different experience about how they learned to pray without ceasing.
Their stories and teachings became what may be the favorite of my books that I’ve written–PrayerStreaming: Staying in Touch With God All Day Long (WaterBrook, 2005). In it I share what I learned from those writers–their own writings as well as biographies. It encapsulates the essence of a whole shelf of classic books on prayer, LOL! And if you’re trying to stay in touch with God all day long, I think you’ll like it.
It’s in bookstores including here: https://janetmchenry.com/2019/12/13/developing-a-praying-lifestyle/
Janet McHenry is a national speaker and the author of 24 books–six of those on prayer. She would LOVE to be considered as the speaker for your next event: https://www.janetmchenry.com.
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