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The Marks of a Christian - Constant in Prayer

If you are a follower of Jesus, your life should have outward marks that reflect your inward convictions. These marks signify that you live your life in a way that imitates Christ. Another distinguishing mark of a Christian? Being constant in prayer (Romans 12:12c).    Note the word constant. Used here it refers to continual. Sustained. Constantly recurring. When we pray this way, it means we’re offering prayers throughout our day. Some inward and silent. Others outward and verbal. No matter what we’re doing. Wherever we may be, we’re constant in prayer. While working? Driving? Cooking? Contemplating? Yes! Our “arrow prayers” enable us to remain in faithful companionship with our Father as we go about our day.  And the beauty of these prayers? We’re persistently asking the Spirit to lead us - in every way, throughout our day.  Jesus adjures His followers to develop such a prayer life when he teaches us to ask, seek and knock (Matthew 7:7). The verb tense is the imperfect in the Greek. It means we should keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking. That is Jesus’s teaching for His followers.  The apostle Paul reminds us of this teaching in another letter when he says it this way: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Always.  Continually. Constantly. Always remember: Prayer moves the hand of God.   Which is why it should be a constant part of a follower of Jesus’s life.

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