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The Fashions and Colors of Prayer - Learning to Pray Without Ceasing

Updated on September 2, 2012

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray without ceasing.

Praying without ceasing seems like an impossible task. If we pray without ceasing, there is no way we will have time for our jobs, our families and all of the other responsibilities we have, right? I have found this to be easier than I thought. I have been struggling lately about finding enough prayer time. God answered that struggle with a boring job.

I am fortunate enough to have a job that does not require my full mental focus. That is a nice way to say that I have a rather mundane job. But, that is a good thing. I spend my day praying as I do my work. I spend the day in the Lord’s presence. I pray without ceasing. Let me explain.

My work is as a presser in a dry cleaner. It is doing the same thing repeatedly all day. I sometimes use the radio to distract myself from the monotony of my labor. Recently, instead of getting through the day distracted, I have started praying through the day. What a difference this is making for me. I do not go home at the end of the day as tired mentally as I used to. I also feel closer to my God.

I pray using the different styles of clothing as prompts. When a wedding dress ends up in my work to do, I pray for the woman who will be wearing this. I pray that she might know that this is the right person for her to marry. If I know someone getting married, I pray for them as well. I usually pray that the people getting married would found their marriage on serving Christ and others. I ask the Lord to bless their financial prosperity. I pray the extended family, the in-laws, would all be a support and encouragement to the couple. Also, when I press a wedding dress, I am prompted to pray for marriages that I know might be struggling. I pray for my parents who have been married forty years. I pray for my own marriage.

One of the deacons at our church loves to wear Hawaiian shirts. When I have these to press, I pray for this man and the other leaders at our church that they would desire to follow God above all, that they would have wisdom to lead our church and a heart to help others. I pray for this man’s health, he has diabetes. This leads me to pray for his elderly mother and other older people I know who are having a difficult time as they age.

One of our friends likes to wear checked button-down shirts. I pray for him and his wife when I make these types of shirts wrinkle free. They are raising three young children under the age of seven. Being a parent is not an easy job. Then I am prompted to pray for his contracting business to grow as well as the contracting/construction jobs of many others that attend our church. This prompts me to pray for those I know that are looking for employment. I pray for our struggling economy.

Our assistant pastor’s wife favors a few certain colors. When a blouse or skirt of one of these colors comes through my line, I pray for this woman as she leads the children’s ministry at church. I pray for her grown children that have told her they do not believe Christ is the answer to their lives. I pray for her to grow closer to Jesus, daily seeking His will. I pray for her as she is pursuing her Master’s degree. I cannot pray for this woman without also praying for the children of our church and their families.

We attend church with a woman that loves the styles of decades long past. She looks great in them. I pray for her when I receive these types of clothing in my stack. I specifically pray that her light would shine before men that they may see her good works and glorify her Father in heaven. I pray this for the other women at church. I pray for other women in church that our needs for relationships would be fulfilled in Jesus. I pray that we might all seek out to know others better and that we would not be so absorbed in our own problems.

One of our friends is a nurse. I pray for her strength and physical well-being as she does her job whenever scrubs come my way to press. I ask that in a moment of crisis, God would grant her a calmness and a peace to make the right care giving decisions. I pray for her to be confident in her knowledge and ability to help others. I pray for her to be a compassionate caregiver during the course of her work.

I am rather enjoying spending my day before my Father’s throne bringing petitions to Him. It seems the more I pray, the more I am aware of my need to pray. I realize I am helpless and cannot stand on my own. I realize my need to pray without ceasing.

Each day holds different prayers, depending on the workload I am given. I am finding that praying through my day at work makes me more in tune to those around me and how they might need God to work in their lives. It is exciting to me how God has turned a mindless job into a ministry of prayer, showing me the fashions and colors of prayer.

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    • lcbenefield profile imageAUTHOR

      lcbenefield 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      lady summerset, Thanks for reading and leaving such generous comments. We are called to a life of prayer. To God be the glory.

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      Lady Summerset 

      5 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Icbenefield,

      Wow, wow, wow, Your Heavenly Father is smiling with such pleasure! How do I know? because after reading your method of prayer my heart smiled and I could feel the presence of the Almighty God!

      The part that I liked most was, unlike some of us, we would have started to pray for ourselves and our families you prayed for others. Not only the owner of the fashion but for others that the fashion reminded you of!

      I am so moved by your unselfish act! This is what I call Kingdom-living! God unselfishly gave His Son for sinners and you unselfishly pray for others. I honor you my sister!

      www.heartofawomanministries.com

    • lcbenefield profile imageAUTHOR

      lcbenefield 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Teaches, Thank you for reading and commenting. It used to be such a chore to pray, especially for others I don't know very well. I find the more I pray, the more God helps me to know how to pray. This is becoming rather enjoyable. It is humbling that He uses my ordinary not very exciting job to teach me to pray and to work on behalf of those I pray for.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Your customers are very blessed to receive your prayers on their behalf. I can't imagine how many people have received answers to prayers because you cared to intercede for them.

    • lcbenefield profile imageAUTHOR

      lcbenefield 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Sunkentreasure, thanks so much for the uplifting poem. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting and the follow. Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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      BERNARD LEVINE 

      6 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      GIVE GOD JOY By BERNARD LEVINE

      The most beautiful eyes in the universe

      watches over us with passionate love

      The most powerful hands that there is

      protects us with awesome strength and care

      The kindest heart you will ever find

      flows with boundless grace and forgiveness

      There’s so much tenderness in God’s Spirit

      There’s so much giving in God’s nature

      When we look for a true friend,

      God’s compassion is always there for us

      When we need deliverance,

      God’s help is so mighty

      The most valuable treasure in the whole world

      is that Jesus loves you

      Give

      God

      joy in praise and appreciation

      for all His wonderful gifts.

      © Bernard Levine

    • lcbenefield profile imageAUTHOR

      lcbenefield 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Chosen, thanks for commenting. I can't wait to shake the hands and thank all those I meet in heaven who prayed for my salvation. We may not see the results of our prayers for some we pray for and it may even be years before the prayers are answered, but what a privilege to pray!

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      Chosenwoman 

      6 years ago

      amen to that we will never know of all those people who prayed for us..I know my mother prayed for me and so many others whom I don't even know..it's so nice when we can pray for others and we don't even have to know them in order to do it...Praise GOD

    • lcbenefield profile imageAUTHOR

      lcbenefield 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Tamarajo, thanks for reading. We'll never know this side of heaven who has prayed for us. That certainly is something to think about and be grateful for.

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      Tamarajo 

      6 years ago

      I love it. Making every moment count for His glory. If all those people only knew someone was praying for them. Makes me wonder who has all prayed for me in my life and makes me want to use those mundane moments for His glory myself.

      Kind of reminds me of Brother Andrew I think it was.

    • lcbenefield profile imageAUTHOR

      lcbenefield 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Chosenwoman, thanks for the encouraging comments. God wants us to talk to Him. I am so glad we can.

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      Chosenwoman 

      6 years ago

      Now that is a great post! So often people think that praying without ceasing is hard or that we can't do it, I too use to think that until the Lord began dealing with me showing me that it's not hard, God want us to talk to Him throughout our day, rather it is in songs, prayer, worship and chatting with Him. So now when I am working I find myself humming a song, at home I will talk to the Lord say a prayer or pray in my mind and heart. It's so many things we can do...

    • lcbenefield profile imageAUTHOR

      lcbenefield 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Jenubouka, thanks for reading and commenting. God is in the minutia of our everyday lives. He cares.

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      jenubouka 

      6 years ago

      Such an interesting way to incorporate god in your daily moments.

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