May 26 Think As Jesus Taught
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
We think rightly or wrongly about prayer according to the conception we
have in our minds of prayer. If we think of prayer as the breath in our lungs
and the blood from our hearts, we think rightly. The blood flows ceaselessly,
and breathing continues ceaselessly; we are not conscious of it, but it is
always going on. We are not always conscious of Jesus keeping us in perfect
joint with God, but if we are obeying Him, He always is. Prayer is not an
exercise, it is the life. Beware of anything that stops ejaculatory prayer. “Pray
without ceasing,” keep the childlike habit of ejaculatory prayer in your heart
to God all the time.
Jesus never mentioned unanswered prayer, He had the boundless certainty
that prayer is always answered. Have we by the Spirit the unspeakable certainty
that Jesus had about prayer, or do we think of the times when God does not seem
to have answered prayer? “Every one that asketh receiveth.” We say – “But . . .
, but . . .” God answers prayer in the best way, not sometimes, but every time,
although the immediate manifestation of the answer in the domain in which we
want it may not always follow. Do we expect God to answer prayer?
The danger with us is that we want to water down the things that Jesus
says and make them mean something in accordance with common sense; if it were
only common sense, it was not worth while for Him to say it. The things Jesus
says about prayer are supernatural revelations.