And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (KJV)
It should be pointed out that God has made it possible that every person knows how to pray. No matter what our religion or background, whether we are Christian or an atheist, or somewhere in between, God has placed inside each of us the knowledge of prayer. But…, He has also given us free will and so we have the choice to pray or not to pray.
Luke 18:1 tells us that we should always pray and not to faint. He is urging us to pray without ceasing and not to give up.
“Always to pray” (pray without ceasing) does not mean being in prayer continuously. It means always being ready to pray at a given moment. Throughout the day, we should be watching out for where the enemy tries to take over and control the situation. If we are at ready with prayer, then the enemy loses.
When we know of or see a situation that requires prayer or when we a have need, prayer should be our “go to”; our first instinct. Many of us turn to loved ones or friends and ask for help. We must learn to call out to our Heavenly Father first.
Always to pray – While making breakfast we could be thanking God for the groceries in our refrigerator and for the money that bought the food and for the job which gave us the money. If we happen to be in a position of little or no food in our home, then we can pray for the harvest that God will bring to us that day.
Apart from our own needs, we can pray for others. For example, when we see or hear an ambulance or fire truck siren, our first instinct should be to pray for that situation, even though we don’t know details of the situation. We can pray for friends, our military, our leaders, our country. Israel always needs our prayers!
The idea Luke is trying to make is that there is always something to pray over. If we are in “constant” communication with our Father then the enemy’s strength is over-shadowed.
“Not to faint”. We should not give up; on or in prayer. The enemy hates prayer! It’s the one thing he can not win over. If he can convince us to quit praying then he is in a better position to control the situation.
Let’s say our intention is to spend some time with the Lord today. What happens? Something else comes up or the phone rings. There will always be something to lead us away from spending time with God. That’s the enemy’s plan.
This is where Luke says “not to faint” (quit). This is the time to dig in our heals and stay strong and follow through. By praying and keeping the faith that our God is in control, we will grow spiritually. As we grow in the Lord, the enemy’s strength in our lives is depleted.
I ask that you would help me to pray every morning before I get into my wordly chores and events of the day. May I pray continuously all day and then again at bedtime.
By doing that Father I will be drawn closer to you and the choices I make throughout the day will be better ones.
Also Lord, praying continuously, will keep the enemy at bay, because he will soon see that he is wasting his time with me. Hallelujah!
Thank you Father for prayer. Remind me that prayer is only half of the circle, I must always take the time to listen to you speaking to me.
I ask you now, in the name of Jesus that you would help me to pray always and have me listen to you so that we may have a true friendship.
Thank you Father. For you, all the Glory!
In the name of Jesus, I pray.