Today’s Scripture: Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Most of us have learned throughout the years that we must schedule a prayer time with God. This is a great practice—because if we don’t plan to visit with the Lord, then it will get quickly swept away in the business of our day.

However, we should always be in the mindset of prayer, even if we’re not physically on our knees or mouthing the words. This is what the Apostle Paul meant when he said, “Pray without ceasing.”

Andrew Murray made this observation, “Prayer and life are inseparably connected. What do you think? Which has the stronger influence over you, prayer for five or ten minutes, or the whole day spent in the desires of the world? Let it not surprise you if your prayers are not answered. Learn this great lesson: my prayer must rule my whole life.”

Don’t abandon your daily prayer time—but work to cultivate a constant running conversation with God throughout your day. Stop during moments of stress and ask for His strength. Praise Him during victories. Intercede for friends, loved ones, or coworkers facing trials.

To see our prayers answered, we must seek to get beyond the five or ten minutes in the morning and make our conversation with God an all-day event.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder