Years ago, when Skype became popular, I was living in Germany. There were plenty of occasions that, with the time difference, I would fall asleep while Skyping someone in America. I’d wake up and see my mom making dinner with Skype still going, or my friend also napping, or my brother reading.
I love remembering that they didn’t disconnect the Skype call while I slept, but rather they went about their normal activities. They didn’t say goodbye to me while I was sleeping, but waited until I woke up from my snooze.
They left the video call open…
What would happen if we left our prayer life open?
As we read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NASB), “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” consider what would occur if we actually didn’t cease incremental talking with God.
I vowed to become more cognisant of my prayers ceasing, so I made up some rules to challenge myself. Then I recruited others to try the challenge with me.
Recently, I challenged the women of a Bible Study group that I facilitate to try my newly made up “No Amen Challenge.” The premise is that you begin praying to God in the morning, but refrain from saying “amen.” Instead, you start the norms of your day, and continuously talk to God throughout those tasks…again without ever ending these conversations with “amen” until you are ready to fall asleep.
When I started deliberately leaving my prayer life “open” without the closing salutation, I found myself talking to God a lot more frequently throughout the day. God wants us to have a more intimate relationship with Him through our prayer life. It’s easy to bring concerns and requests to Him…it’s an entirely different thing to bring exhalations and thanksgiving. It’s even more unique to chat about random thoughts, motivations, observations, or even things you find humours or concerning.
In the moments of talking to God, as though He was a friend sitting next to me throughout the day, I found that I was much more aware of His continuous presence. I was also much more aware of my own reactions to situations when I had an open line of communication going with God.
For me, the “no amen challenge” became similar to the open Skype call that is on-going while one party is snoozing (**mark my words, I’m not saying that God snoozes on a Skype call while we wash the dishes). Without the “amen,” I didn’t say “goodbye” nor did I hang up with God. Instead, I knew He was still on the line as I started daily tasks.
How often are you praying without ceasing? Do you want to talk more often with God? Are you ready to try the “no amen challenge?”
Share your thoughts on praying without ceasing!