What does it mean to "pray without ceasing? Before delving too deeply into the topic of prayer, it will be beneficial to first define the term, as well as the focus of our prayers—God. Let's start with the second part. In order to develop a clear idea of prayer, we must first have a clear idea of God. Biblically speaking, God is a personal being. This is critical to prayer because it means that God is a person we can interact with, that He has a will and that we are able to relate to Him on a meaningful level. If He were impersonal, then prayer would not be meaningful.
If He were personal, but uncaring and distant, prayer wouldn't serve a purpose.
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Not only is God personal, He is also loving 1 John , 16; John This is also important in relation to prayer. If God were personal, but uncaring or unkind, then prayer might do us more harm than good! But God is not only loving, He is all loving omnibenevolent. In relation to prayer, this means that God always desires the best for us because He loves us. God is also all powerful omnipotent , meaning that no prayer is beyond His ability to answer, "For nothing is impossible with God" Luke If God were less than all powerful, then we would have no assurance that He could answer or even hear our prayers.
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The fact that God is all-knowing omniscient is also significant to the concept of prayer. If God were limited, then He would not know all that is happening in His creation. If this were the case, He might overlook our prayers because they might be beyond His knowledge.
Fortunately, the Bible is clear that God knows everything see, for instance, Psalm ; ; Isaiah In relation to God's omniscience, Jesus said, "Your Father knows what you need before you ask him" Matthew God is also wise and holy. He knows what is best for us, as well as what will lead us to holiness rather than sin. He is also immanent, meaning that God is active in His creation in a personal way, not only directing greater matters of history, but also involved in the life of everyone. This means that no prayer is too great for Him, but also that no prayer is too small for Him.
While we cannot explore all of God's attributes here, one final one to note, of utmost importance to prayer is God's sovereignty. God is supremely in charge of everything that happens in His universe. Nothing takes Him by surprise and nothing happens in our lives without the knowledge of God, even though we may not always understand His actions: "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the LORD.
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