Today’s Verse

When you pray, say: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Luke 11:2

Friday, April 15

The Greek word for “pray” in Luke 11 is a general term that refers to all types of prayers. “Without ceasing” means “without omission.” It means don’t stop. Don’t quit praying. Don’t give up on your prayer life.

Have you ever done that? Have you ever come to a place in your spiritual walk where your prayer life waned? You used to pray a lot, in bed, in the car, at work, at school, during Bible study, before meals. You prayed all the time. Yet, you’ve drifted from that holy habit. I don’t mean you never pray but that you don’t “pray without ceasing.”

Prayer, like Bible study is an essential discipline for spiritual growth. Show me someone who is in the Word daily and I’ll show you a growing believer. Show me someone who prays continually and persistently and you can be assured they are maturing in the image of Christ.

Now that we have an idea what it means to pray persistently, to “pray without ceasing,” let’s examine ten biblical motivations for that type of prayer. Let’s begin by going back to The Model Prayer in Luke 11.

Persistent Motivation #1: Prayer glorifies God

First of all, our prayers should be God-Centered not Us-Centered. We should seek to glorify Him, to uplift the mighty name of the Lord. What does this verse tell us? He is “our Father.” That denotes respect, or at least it should. His name is “hallowed” or holy. Let’s be respectful, not cavalier, in our daily prayers!

Weekly Memory Verse

But when you pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Matthew 6:7

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
- Vincent Van Gogh

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