“Always keep on praying” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Our granddaughters, Mercedes (age five) and Tia (age three), were having dinner with us. They were wiggly and giggly just before my husband prayed before the meal.
“Settle down girls,” I said,
“Grandpa is going to talk to God.”
“Talk to God?” asked Mercedes, her big, brown eyes wide open.
“Grandpa is talking to God?”
That was new concept to her. She knew how to “pray” but didn’t realize that praying was actually talking to God.
Vonette Bright, the co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, International, was the person who first modeled spontaneous prayer for me, “Always keep on praying.” When we were driving from one city to the next, during our conversation, she would suddenly start talking to God about the subjects we were discussing. When we passed a car accident, she would begin praying for the well being of the people in the cars involved in the accident. When she was packing her clothes in garment bags, she would thank for Lord for His provisions.
It is very satisfying to pray spontaneously. For example, last week while my husband and I were on vacation, we continually talked to God aloud while driving or hiking and at home (not as often while playing golf!).
We prayed for our children and grandchildren, for our staff, about the subjects of our conversation, for our friends and acquaintances, the state of the world, for unbelievers, new believers and much more.
When someone asks you to pray for them, do it right then, either person to person, on the phone or email. They will be blessed; you will be blessed. When the Lord brings names of people or situations to mind, pray for them.
Always keep on praying. Prayer is talking to God - talk to Him.
Father, what a privilege it is to talk to You. You are always there, You are always listening. You always hear us. You care! You like to talk to us. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!