Grace Protestant Reformed Church

Pray Without Ceasing (2)

Date: AM
Text: I Thessalonians 5; Lord's Day 45
Psalters: 185, 91, 234, 32
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (2016-18)
  1. God wants/demands His children to be in a prayerful disposition “without ceasing.”
    1. First, this is to live in the consciousness that God is always disposed to help us.
    2. Second, this means that we take every opportunity to pray.
    3. Third this means that we are to be disposed to pray in every state and condition.
    4. Fourth, this means that we not stop praying until our lawful requests are granted; we should not faint (Luke 18:1).
    5. Fifth, this means that as long as we live we keep praying – even when we are too old/weak to do other things.
  2. Why should we pray without ceasing?
    1. Because Satan is always assaulting us (as a roaring lion), seeking to bring us to sin and ruin.
    2. Because our old man quickly recovers strength to battle again.
    3. Because God is always ready to hear (Isaiah 59:1).
    4. Because Jesus is always presenting His sufferings to the Father, showing that He purchased for us all for which we pray.
    5. Because the Spirit is always ready to help our infirmities (Romans 8:26).
  3. Incentives to pray.
    1. Warning: do not trust in prayer itself, but in the Rock to Whom prayer leads us. We may not use prayer like a charm.
    2. There is a danger in not praying without ceasing.
    3. Consider the examples of the efficacy of the prayer of faith.
    4. “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord; but the prayer of the upright is His delight” (Prov. 15:8).