Several verses in the Bible mention praying without ceasing. As Christians are wont to do, we attempt to make this verse not say what it clearly says.
I’ve heard many explanations how this verse does not mean that we should pray without ceasing. The most famous loopholing says that this verse refers to the Holy Spirit interceding.
I doubt this highly. If that’s what it refers to, why does he tell us to do it? It’s like telling people to digest food. How can I make myself not digest food to the extent that someone would have to tell me to do so?
Praying without ceasing means, get this, we should pray without ceasing.
Take a break. Relax. I know I just blew your mind there. Feel free to continue reading when you feel up to it.
If you click on the link of verses above, you will notice that Paul says he prays without ceasing for the believers in Rome and for Timothy.
OK, clearly Paul is lying here! How can you without ceasing pray for two groups of people? When you are praying for Tim, you can’t be praying for Rome!
Does this mean Paul never prays about anything else except Tim and Rome? No, I don’t think so.
To pray without ceasing means to have a continual talk with God all the time. “Everything by prayer.” Our goal is to be in constant fellowship with God. Impossible? It probably is literally, but I don’t think it’s an outrageous command.
Who wouldn’t want to have a constant communion with God? We know that with the Spirit’s intercession we have all we need to do this.
The fact that we don’t is to our shame. The fact that we feel we need to change what the Bible clearly says by inventing some alternate meaning is even more to our shame.