Pray Without Ceasing…Do Not Quench The Spirit…
It has been a while since I have wrote. The reason being… I wait until I know the Lord is laying it on my heart. I want to be sure of the verses He wants me to share. Sometimes, it is as simple as me finding it highlighted already in my Bible… other times I have to pray and seek harder that the Lord will reveal to me what He wants shared. It can be through someone speaking a verse to me or seeing a church sign that tugs at my heart. I haven’t wrote since my last entry because I haven’t felt like it was time and I haven’t had any words come to me. I am fully giving this blog to God wanting His will in all of HIS words and His timing… me just being His vessel. That being stated, I am going to share with you a verse. I have been praying and seeking words to share but still until a couple days ago, none had came. I have already shared this verse before in one of my other posts… but when God gives, I’m going to share, even if it is every time I post. He knows what needs to be shared and how many times it must be shared to reach the one who needs it.
“PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Days, I have been seeking for His guidance in what to write next… only to read this verse in the Bible, hear this verse on a TV show, and see this verse on a sign in a store window only in a matter of 2 days. (Reading it in my Bible and hearing it on the TV the same day and almost instantly heard it on the TV after closing my Bible) Oh, and did I mention at my church Sunday the preacher said the same verse?!!! I truly believe I was meant to share this verse. Not only because I have been praying the same prayer daily for quite some time now, but also because I believe someone needs a little hope. Do not grow weary, acknowledge He is God, be still and know. Like my preacher said, “don’t just pray it once…keep praying about it.” Even when you don’t have an answer, keep praying… (Yes, God hears the prayer even if just once…) But it tells us to Pray without Ceasing… Another verse that talks about praying, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6 Definition of supplication: The action of asking or begging for something earnestly and humbly. I remember begging as a child… I kept asking, pleading, and crying to my parents about what I needed/wanted. Repeating the same request over and over again. In Matthew 18:2-4, Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of Heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.” Childlike faith, I believe God wants us to humbly come before Him and PRAY WITHOUT CEASING until we get an answer from HIM. “Rejoice always, Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thes 5:16-22 Wow, only typing this out now did I also realize something else. (Bare with me while I am making a point, just switching gears a bit) This past Sunday in church, not only did I sing…but once again I started crying half way throughout the song. I have prayed and prayed for the Lord to help me get through the song without tears, yet almost every time here come the tears. Throughout the rest of the sermon, I found my self in my mind saying, “do not quench the Spirit”… and now just reading, typing those verses out, did I just remember saying that to myself over and over during the sermon. God kept having me see, hear, and read the Pray without ceasing verse, only to read it again today to give ME more assurance. Do not quench the Spirit. Crying during those songs, must be for a reason, and whatever He has me to do, I hope I always have the courage to do it, because I never want to quench it and lose blessing someone or miss worshipping Him how He wants me to.
Whatever you have been praying for, I hope you pray without ceasing. To go before the Man on the Throne, to humble before Him with THANKS for all the blessings He gives and ask/beg for your prayer to be answered. It may not be how you want it to be answered or in the time you want it answered… but remember in His time, in His will, for His purpose, He will answer.
“And we know that all things work together for the good to those who love god, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Oh, how I love Jesus! I started this entry thinking someone else may need assurance, only to have my eyes opened even more that I need to not quench His Spirit and let Him have His way and be HIS vessel. Only to reassure myself, to keep praying…without ceasing the same prayer daily until I hear HIS will.
Have a blessed day! *Betsy*
Gods masterpiece. What a beautiful blessing to see and share. I saw this beautiful sight last night with my Momma and Brother. My Brother said, “the sun is shining, finally!” It has rained 2-3 days in a row here, lots of overcast clouds..and right at dusk the sun popped out.. We all rushed out to view it together. Precious memory, Thank you Lord!