Throughout the New Testament, Jesus juxtaposes his exterior life—his ministry and service to others, his relationships with his disciples—and his interior one. This explains why Paul, in writing some of the first letters to Jesus’ followers, asks them to pray without ceasing (see Thessalonians 5:17) and to be in prayer about everything (see Philippians 4:6). Prayer—or talking with God silently or aloud—about a topic (thanksgiving, praise, confession, supplication, and intercession) is crucial to our understanding of the historical Jesus, Jesus as the Messiah, the Trinity, and the subsequent development of the early church. Prayer provides the cornerstone of the Christian faith.
—J. Dana Trent, One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
—1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Spirit of God, comfort and renew us with each breath we take. Amen.
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