“All these [disciples] were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers” (Acts 1:14 NIV).
What does it mean to be in constant prayer? I think that being in constant prayer means that one is living one’s life in an attitude of prayer—knowing that we live always in Jesus and Jesus lives in us. We continue on with our regular life, yet, we are constantly aware of God’s presence within.
This is a very freeing existence. There is no need to live our lives in a sombre or rigid way—we can live in a joyful and peaceful manner. We do not need to stare up at the heavens where Jesus ascended but can be present to our regular and ordinary lives where we keep in our hearts the knowledge that Jesus still lives with us and abides in us.
This is the life and knowledge to which we are committed and to which we testify. We are not left comfortless but the Holy Spirit guides us and leads us daily into the way we should go.
Judith Lawrence lives in Muskoka, Ontario, a land of lakes, forests, and wildlife. She began to write seriously when she was in her fifties and has written three non-fiction spiritual books. Judith has also written a book of mystical poetry and one of short stories; she writes a weekly blog about contemplation and records a podcast meditation monthly.
- How Can You Be Blessed in Prayer? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- Can We Come to Stillness in Prayer? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
I love the way we CAN live in a joyful, peaceful manner. Thank you for writing.
I needed to hear this today.