The Bible talks about “praying without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17), which can sometimes sound like an unattainable goal.
How does one pray all the time? Is it even possible?
I recently came across two statements in the Christian Science textbook, which helped me understand this better.
“The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer.” (Science and Health, p. 4)
“Consistent prayer is the desire to do right.” (Science and Health, p. 9)
So, when I desire to do the right thing and to be good, I am praying.
I wanted to ask a friend for a favor the other day. Then thought came to me: rather than just invite him over to help me on a project, I should invite him over for dinner, hang out with him and enjoy his company. We could get the project done at the same time, and I could take the time to appreciate getting to know him in a new way (he has helped my family on many occasions). Later, I realized that my desire to do the right thing in this situation, was actually a form of praying.
So whether we’re picking out a movie to watch on a Friday night or making plans with friends, our desire to do good in every situation is a form of praying.
That certainly makes the goal of “praying without ceasing” much more tangible to me!