Paul urges us to pray without ceasing, at any time, without discrimination and to do it persistently! He also urges us to do something very important - to live in a state of joy. Joy and prayer are very good friends. We can find the true joy, sincere, full, lasting only through the Holy Spirit, when we enter the presence of God. We enter in the presence of God only through prayer and worship. Sincere, persistent prayer that is praising the Lord and giving thanks for all that He is and has done in our lives, brings us into God's presence.
"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints”
1 Thessalonians 5:16,17
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”
If we do not feel the need to pray, to communicate with God our Father, it's time to ask ourselves what is wrong. As Christians it is normal to want to communicate with the Lord and Creator, as we feel the need to communicate with our loved ones. The desire to tell God about our problems or our victories, our worries, needs or achievements is the essence of the Christian life. Without this fellowship, we can not be God's children.
Lord God, please increase our passion and desire to spend time with You, to know You more through studying the scripture, prayer and worship and to become more and more like You. Thank you Lord!