1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 English Standard Version (ESV)
Pray without ceasing. What does that mean to you?
I take it literally. If you're awake, you should be "praying". I think I find myself talking both silently and out loud to God all day.
I just hear myself and I'm like... Oh. I was just praying again.
Does that mean I'm perfect all the time.
Ok ok... Don't go asking my husband!!
No!! Not even close.
Am I getting better?
I now keep my mouth shut when I quite often want to open it wide and judge someone.
I've also quit engaging in conversations where there's bad mouthing going on.
I'm working on it.
You know the one..
I cannot believe she did that.
Oh my word, me neither!
What a rude, insert colorful words here.
Then the conversation goes on from there.
It's hard to actually say the words, "I'm sorry but I will not be engaging in this conversation if it involves talking about another person"
So I get around it by half heartedly sticking up for the person...
"I don't know if she had a bad day or what... But I agree that that was a bad situation."
"That's not my business."
(Although I DO regularly tell one person that that's not my business or, I don't want to talk bad about so and so...)
Continuously praying brings your conscience to the forefront.
You actually realize that what you're doing may be small.
What you're doing may be in line with the other party.
But what you're doing is wrong.
If you are a Born Again Christian, this is when The Spirit speaks...
Nudging you quietly.
Stop doing this. It is not edifying.
So I try.
I try hard every day.
To Pray Without Ceasing.