Pray without Ceasing

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Brother Lawrence (in his daily routines), and the early Hasidic leaders, each found different ways to pray while working, walking, in conversational breaks, cleaning up, cooking, and so on. You, too, have many opportunities for short sentence prayers of thanks or concern. For example:

• while sitting on a commuter train;
• while waiting at a doctor's office;
• between TV commercials (hit the mute button, pray for a moment);
• in any line while waiting

The more you pray in places outside of church or home, the more naturally Christ will come to mind there. It will seem much less like a separate, Godless world, and more of a whole in which the Spirit is afoot everywhere.
Setting a schedule helps to create a habit or pattern of prayer, and turns the believer back to God throughout the day. It's not about how you do it or how many times a day you do it, it's about turning to God in the midst of what you do during the day, helping to keep the whole day in prayer. Many find it helpful to give each prayer time a separate focus. For instance, a daytime worker would set up the day ahead at midmorning by praying about each item on the schedule, and the midafternoon prayer would be to help them leave their job behind in mind and body (some people find it difficult to let go of their work).

"The Apostle Paul had a purpose in saying: 'Pray without ceasing'. Are we then to ceaselessly bend our knees, to lie prostrate, or to lift up our hands? There is another, interior kind of prayer without ceasing, namely, the desire of the heart. “The constancy of your desire will itself be the ceaseless voice of your prayer." – Augustin of Hippo

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Spiritual Joy during Hard Times

We are one family in Christ and your pain is our pain.. we love you..
The Holy Spirit gives true joy to an obedient Christian. Confess all your sins to the Lord, yield to the Holy Spirit and let the Spirit produce joy in your heart. Delight in the Lord and meditate on His Word (Ps 1:2). I will rejoice in the God of my salvation (Hab 3:18). Trust the Lord and focus on your blessings and in everything giving thanks (whatever your circumstances). Remember life`s trials are blessings from God that will conform you to Christ (James 1:2-4). I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil4:13) . Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. .. forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:13-14). Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ (Phil 4:6).

Heavenly Father in Jesus name, we believe You are a Sovereign God and that You are in complete control in our lives. We know that all things work together for good to those who love You, and to those who are called accdg. to Your purpose. Help your daughter, Laura, to trust in Your wisdom, sovereignty and power. Give her Your peace and remove her distress, fear and anxiety. Give her Your joy that endures trials. Hold her in Your warm embrace and whisper to her that You love her, and make her feel the presence of Your Spirit rejoicing always.. We love You Lord and Thank You for Your Word.. In Jesus Name. Amen