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Pray Always


The Jews used to pray three times daily, four times on the Sabbath, and five times on the feast of Yom Kippur (Sabbath of the Sabbaths). Jesus did not specifically assign any time for prayer. Instead, he said, we must pray always. As an introduction to the parable of the persistent widow, Luke reports, “Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said” (Lk 18:1). Paul wrote, “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes 5:16-18). “With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit” (Eph 6:18).

For Jesus, besides personal, family, and church prayer, all our activities and services must be prayer-based. Payer without mercy is meaningless for Jesus (Mt 9:13). They should go together. Our work should be service oriented fulfilling the Lord’s prayer: to make the Lord’s name revered (Holy be your name), to establish the Kingdom of God (Thy Kingdom come), and to accomplish the will of God (Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven).


Besides church prayer and family prayer, we shall have personal prayer as Jesus did. He went at night on the mountain tops to be alone with the Father. All might not have the gift for contemplative prayer. The Lord and the community need people in action. So, we shall dedicate all our actions for the glory of God making them our sacrifice to God.


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