Pray Without Ceasing

This is such a sweet story that my husband read in our morning Bible time some months ago. You can tell it was written long ago…I don’t know who the author is, but  I hope in reading it you are encouraged to   pray without ceasing…


A number of ministers were assembled for the discussion of difficult questions, and among others it was asked, “How the command to pray with ceasing could be complied with? Various suppositions were stated; and at length, one of the number was appointed to write an essay upon it, and read it at the next meeting; which being overheard by a plain sensible girl, she exclaimed, “what! a whole month wanted to tell the meaning of that text? It is one of the easiest, and best texts in the Bible.”

“Well,” said an old minister, “Mary, what can you say about it? Let us know how you understand it. Can you pray all the time?”

“O yes sir.”

“What! when you have so many things to do?”

“Why sir, the more I have to do, the more I can pray.”

“Indeed! well Mary, do let us know how it is, for most people think otherwise.”

“Well, sir,” said the girl, “when I open my eyes in the morning, I pray, ‘Lord, open the eyes of my understanding;’ and while I am dressing, I pray that I may be clothed with the robe of righteousness; and when I have washed me, I ask for the washing of regeneration; and as I begin my work, I pray that I may have strength equal to my day.


When I begin to kindle up the fire, I pray that God’s work may revive in my soul; and as I sweep out the house, I pray that my heart may be cleansed from all its impurities; and while preparing and partaking of breakfast, I desire to be fed with the hidden manna and the sincere milk of the Word; and while I am busy with the little children, I look up to God as my Father, and pray for the spirit of adoption, that I may be His child, and so on all day. Everything I do furnishes me with a thought for prayer.”


“Enough, enough,” cried the old divine, “these things are revealed to babes, and often hidden from the wise and prudent. Go on Mary, pray without ceasing. And as for us, my brethren, let us bless the Lord for this exposition, and remember that He has said the meek will He guide in judgment.”

The essay, as a matter of course, was not considered necessary, after this little event occurred.

Paintings are from two of my favorite artists…
Eloise Wilkin and Carl Larsson


Oh, that we might praise God in everything we do…and pray without ceasing….