Watch and Pray


The Way of the Pilgrim is a Russian folk tale about a pilgrim who walks all the way from Moscow to Siberia reciting the Jesus prayer every waking hour. Its a nice story, but I don't think that's what Paul meant when he said 'praying always'. We saw Jesus' example the night before his crucifixion. He prayed for four seconds, and listened without speaking for an hour; so prayer is mostly watching. If prayer becomes a habit, you'll find that your heart is aware - and watches continually. Make prayer a habit. Be patient. It may take a long time.


Find a quiet place. Open your heart and your spirit to the Lord. Invite Him in and tell Him There is no place in your heart or your spirit that He is not welcome. Then be still and wait on Him. If any thoughts emerge, see if you can tell if they came from the Spirit of God praying in you. If you journal, write your prayers down.


Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;