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This week we start a new series from the Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonian believers, titled Great urgencies from the Apostle Paul.

Today we are talking about The Habit of Prayer.


1 Thessalonians 5:17 AMP

17 be unceasing and persistent in prayer;

Scripture Reading

1 Thessalonians 5 AMP


In Jesus name we pray.



The King James Version translates our text, “Pray without ceasing,” and The Living Bible paraphrases it, “Always keep on praying”

Paul is informing the dear disciples of Thessalonica that they should develop the habit of prayer and then never break that good habit.

Jesus told His disciples a parable to the effect that they “ought always to pray and not lose heart’ in Luke 18:1.

It is the will of our heavenly Father that we form a consistent habit of prayer and then not break that habit.

For the good of our own spiritual lives and for the advancement of God’s kingdom, we should give ourselves constantly to prayer.

This is not to imply that we should assume some pious pose or that we should enter some type of convent or monastery to give ourselves uninterrupted prayer.

Prayer has both a human and divine side, we talk with the Father, and the Father communicates with us.

True prayer is always dialogue in which we bring confessions, our thanksgivings, our petitions, and our intercessions to the Father.

The most valuable part of the prayer experience in the listening side, in which we let the Father speak to our needs. 

  1. We should have the habit of prayer because the Father God listens.

A. The Father is eager to bestow His gifts upon us.

B. The Father gives only gifts that are good for us.

C. The Father gives gifts that are in harmony with His purpose.

We can discover God’s character by studying the Bible.

We can understand God’s gifts as we follow the Holy Spirit’s leadership.

We can know what to expect from God when we pray.

2. We should have the habit of prayer because of our great need.

The prophet Daniel had the habit of praying three times each day it tells us in Daniel 6:10-11, 

10 Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he went into his house (now in his roof chamber his windows were open toward Jerusalem); he continued to get down on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously. 11 Then, by agreement, these men came [together] and found Daniel praying and making requests before his God.

We should always have a prayer of confession when we have any consciousness of sin in our lives.

We should pray when we stand in need of some wisdom. Wisdom is God given insight that enables us to see the end from the beginning of a particular course of action.

We should pray when we are tempted by satan to do evil.

We should pray when we or our loved ones experience the pain and suffering of illness.

We should pray when we are in any kind of need for God’s grace and help.


We should develop the habit of prayer and not break it, because God yearns for fellowship with those who are near and dear to Him and because God has placed a hunger in our hearts for fellowship with Him. 

Until next time

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I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

When you spend time with God, your life will change in amazing ways, because God is a Redeemer.

Theres nothing thats too hard for Him, and He can make you whole, spirit, soul and body!

You’re important to God, and you’re important to us at

When it comes to prayer, we believe that God wants to meet your needs and reveal His promises to you.

So whatever you’re concerned about and need prayer for we want to be here for you! Or even if you just want to say Hi, you can contact us


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