The New Testament urges us to pray, but what does it mean to pray continually? It’s obvious we’re not to sit around praying continually every waking moment—other wise the other things we are called to do wouldn’t happen.
No! To pray continually means to keep prayer central to our lives. Prayer expresses our dependence upon, and trust in, our almighty God. So if we ‘pray continually’ we won’t be turning to God as the last resort when facing any anxious situation or serious difficulty.
As well, if we’re praying continually then thanks for answered prayer and for what God has done in Christ will also be regularly on our lips.
Pray continually will lead us to keep praying for kingdom values and priorities as Jesus urges us to do in the Lord’s Prayer. Hence prayers in the Bible will inform our own prayers, such as Colossians 19-14.. So when we come to pray for one another, for the ministry of our church what are we asking God for?? When we use our prayer diary what requests do we bring before God for the life of our diocese?? When we work through our parish roll, as we pray for every member of our church, are our prayers in step with God’s character and purposes?
“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way …” (Col 19f)