How To “Pray Without Ceasing”(or, Learning How To Practice The Presence Of God.) By Timothy Baugh. July 11, 2019.

“praying at all times in the Spirit, (in the Life from God) with all prayer and supplication. (petitioning, making requests). To that end (for that purpose) keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” (for all of the fellow believers who diligently fight this spiritual battle likewise). Ephesians 6:18. (English Standard Version- with my own insights added.)       Although some would claim that such a “spiritual discipline” is much like Eastern Mysticism, Meditation techniques, or Yoga practices; what the Apostle Paul was trying to emphasize, I believe, had more to do with what Jesus Himself would have told us!  On the night Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, he said to His disciples, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The Spirit (the Life from God) is willing, (is willing to surrender everything) but the flesh (the physical nature) is weak.” Mark 14:38. (English Standard Version- with my own insights added.) Why is this usually the case? Because we have come to see the “Physical nature” as WHO we ARE; rather than WHAT WE ARE! (read that again very slowly). Jesus KNEW of WHAT HE ACTUALLY WAS, but His BODY was trying to tell HIM OTHERWISE. Jesus could “Pray in the Spirit” because His spirit was one with God. Our ‘human’ spirit is not.  Praying, when in this mode of living, united with the Spirit of God… it then becomes as natural as breathing! I can speak for this personally. However ‘impossible’ it may seem.  Our minds are constantly distracted, as are our spirits. Such distractions can then become addictions, moods, and obsessions that will seek to cripple and undermine our faith. Jesus felt the attachments of the flesh every bit as what we do. Yet Jesus KNEW that His real adversary wasn’t Self. In our case it often IS! Jesus had that “Dark night of the soul” experience. For us, we now can come through ALL OF THAT, VICTORIOUS because we are living in “the Spirit of God”. Amen to that!   

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