Pray. Do I pray enough? How often should I pray? Daily? Several times a day? Just when I need to ask God for something?
There’s no formula. There are no “guidelines” or “quotas.” The Bible is really clear on this. One verse. Two words.
(1 Thessalonians 5:17 HCSB)
Let’s take a deeper look into these words…
They come from the two Greek words:
προσεύχομαι (proseuchomai) and ἀδιαλείπτως (adialeiptos)
proseuchomai means ” to pray to God, i.e. supplicate, worship:—pray (X earnestly, for), make prayer” (Source)
adialeiptōs means “not of what is not interrupted, but of that which is constantly recurring” (Source) It is also defined as an adjective meaning “unintermitted, i.e. permanent:—without ceasing, continual.” (Source)
To pray to God EARNESTLY and RECURRENTLY without interruption.
There should never be a time when our hearts are not set toward God, when our thoughts don’t flow directly toward Him. A dear friend taught me about the practice of spiritual breathing. We inhale all that He offers and pours into our lives, and we exhale our prayer and praise and worship back to glorify Him. If we relate this directly to our prayer lives, we must pray JUST as we must breathe. In and out. Listen for His voice and soak up every word (inhale) and pour out our all to Him (exhale). Inhale and exhale. And repeat.
If I only strive to “build the perfect prayer life” and “organize and structure my prayer life,” I am missing the whole point. As I walk through my days, I must simply rest upon Him and breathe. Inhale and exhale. And repeat.
It’s about abiding in Him. My prayer life will grow when I recognize that it is not based on my own efforts or structure, it is based on learning that my deep need for Him to sustain me continually in prayer is as important as the air I breathe to sustain my physical body. Inhale and exhale. And repeat.
It’s not a voluntary act of my conscious effort to plan or organize or just pray enough. It is an involuntary act of a soul that is desperate for the LIFE-SAVING AIR only He can give. Not me, but Him. Inhale and exhale. And repeat.