Did I really pray enough?
There are times when I ask myself if I really prayed, or if my prayers were enough. Sometimes I ask this when I myself ask for prayers for other people, or when other people ask for prayers.
I sometimes evaluate my prayer time. For the past few days, as we are in this ordeal of pneumonia for my 3 year old, I have not read scripture. I even think that I have not prayed enough.
Perhaps, I relied or trusted on the Lord too much that my sighs are always being heard. Then, I would be reminded by Matt 7:7-8, and I would miss the first part, like, have I actually asked the Lord of my specific intention, which is the healing of my tot.
How do we actually need to pray? Are the “Our Father,” “Hail Mary,” and “Glory Be” prayers enough? Is reading scriptures enough? Praying the rosary? Having quiet time in a corner of your room enough? What prayers are enough? Are prayers really enough?
Have you ever asked that?
Then, this message:
“Pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thes 5:17
And the verses following that teach us of what else we need to do as we say our prayers.
“In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.” – 1 Thes 5:18-19
So the question isn’t really about praying enough. It isn’t about how long we prayed. It is more about how much of our lives is offered for the Lord.
When you say, pray without ceasing, some might feel that it is such a big responsibility. You may ask if you have prayed enough, when the expectation is you’re not supposed to stop, right?
So here’s my take: look at the next verses. “In all circumstances, give thanks… Do not quench the spirit.”
I believe that when you say “Thank You,” it’s a prayer. When you believe in God and you live a life with the Lord, your entire life is a prayer. When you think of the welfare of others, that is a prayer. When you think about others, that is a prayer.
Your life, your activities, your thoughts. When you “do not quench the spirit,” when you believe, trust, and hope in God, even when things are not going your way, that is praying, without ceasing.
Pray without ceasing isn’t only about praying always or praying non-stop. It is believing in God’s power, always. It is trusting His hand, always. It is hoping in the Lord, always. It is living your life in Christ Jesus always.
So if your answer to the question/title causes you to question your faith, or be guilty because maybe you feel you aren’t praying enough. Just remember, it isn’t always about what prayers you utter. It is about what you do as a prayer, what you think as a prayer, and what you feel as a prayer.
I sincerely hope I made sense.