After the sermon on Sunday I came home and asked God, "Why is it that we need to pray without ceasing?" He clearly told me it's because it helps keep our minds, focus, and understanding solely on Him. Living in a world that is contaminated by sin, our minds and focus can quickly get consumed and anxious about things we see. It's so easy to see the forces of darkness as all consuming, but when we switch our focus to the Heavenly we quickly see things from God’s view. Yes the world is a dark place, but God is still the only one who is seated on the throne of supremacy (Daniel 7:9). God is and always will be the one in control.
As I was doing my devotion this morning, God told me to turn to Psalm 23. After reading through it God told me, "That is why you pray without ceasing, because even in times of trials and tribulations I am there to comfort and restore you, but you have to be in relationship with Me to be able to receive it." It's so easy to become either isolated or disillusioned in this world, but when we stay in constant prayer and relationship with God we quickly see that He is constantly there to help, comfort, and protect us. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, why? Because my God is bigger and more powerful than anything the enemy can throw at me. It is through prayer that we build our relationship, our understanding, and our security in our Father.
Dani Noe, Sozo & Admin Pastor
Listen to the sermon referenced on the Freedom Fellowship Podcast: Spiritual Discipline for Life: Prayer