by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me,
please, to First Thessalonians chapter 5, verses 16 to
18, as we study today about PRAYER and the BLESSEDNESS
of prayer. Here in First Thessalonians 5 we read three

Verse 16: "Rejoice evermore."

Verse 17: "Pray without ceasing."

Verse 18: "In everything give thanks, for this is the
will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Now notice, God says there is a life of rejoicing
evermore. He wants His people happy. He wants us to be
blessed. He says there is a WAY to rejoice evermore
and to give thanks in everything, and there is a vital
connection between those two verses: "PRAY WITHOUT

Now praying "without ceasing" does not mean that we
are to stay on our knees day and night around the
clock, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. In
the first place, we couldn't live that way. God has
made us so that there are other functions in life that
must take place. We have to work for our living. We
have a social life that is necessary. A life of
recreation is necessary, and so forth. So, praying,
"without ceasing" does not mean that we are to stay on
our knees all the time.

We must, however, have a place of prayer and a time of
prayer. In Matthew 6 Jesus says, "When thou prayest,
enter into thy closet and shut thy door, and pray to
thy Father in secret." So CLOSET PRAYER is a
necessary thing. We must concentrate on GOD, and we
can't do that when we are distracted by other things.
The person who doesn't take time each day to go alone
with God cannot expect to live very close to God.
SECRET PRAYER, or CLOSET PRAYER, is a necessity,
according to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now here we read, "Pray without ceasing." What does it
mean? If it doesn't mean that we are to go to the
closet and shut the door and stay there unceasingly,
what does it mean? It means ...

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