One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. – Luke 18:1
I looked up the Greek word for always. It means always. Not so interesting. Hmmm… Let’s look at it another way. Think of it like this: always means never not.
Never not praying. We should never not be praying.
- Never not pray today.
- Never not pray tomorrow.
- Never not pray when you get up.
- Never not pray when you lie down.
- Never not pray when your kids are sick.
- Never not pray when your kids are well.
- Never. Not. Pray.
Pray (proseuchomai) means “to exchange wishes.” Literally, to interact with the Lord by switching our wishes for His wishes. Can you exchange wishes with someone you don’t know? No. You must interact with Him. You must connect, communicate, & collaborate with Him!
Stay with me now.
As we do this wish switcheroo, He imparts faith (“divine persuasion“).
Prayer and Faith (pístis) are lovely sisters. Faith is ALWAYS A GIFT FROM GOD and never something that can be produced by us (Eph. 2:8). So, exchange your wishes with the Lord’s wishes. When these wishes come true, it produces the gift of faith (1 John 5:4).
When you think of it, praying rewards us twice: the thing prayed for and faith as it comes to pass.
Never not be doing this.
Chew it over.