All the time.

“Prayers should not be reserved only for certain occasions but should be a constant activity of the believer and therefore as varied in their subject matter as the circumstances of life itself.” Theilman, p 433.


Near the end of his letter to his friends in Ephesus, Paul writes the kind of sentence that an editor would likely not allow:. “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,”

IMG_1987.JPG“Now Paul,” the editor would say, “this feels like poetry with its repetition rather than helpful instruction. To say, ‘pray with prayer’ doesn’t feel any more useful than saying ‘Speak with speeches’. Or it feels like a gush of passion more than, well, I don’t know what.”

And Paul would shift a little, and the editor would hear the quiet clink of metal on stone as the chain on Paul’s leg slid across the floor.

“I need their help,” Paul would say. ”I’m a little afraid that when I’m called to explain why I have done what I have done for the God that I’ve done it for, I might be tempted to not tell Rome that the mystery of the Gospel is that God is in authority over every authority. God is greater than any human greatness. I might exchange the truth for my safety. And I don’t want to do that. And I need all the help that God can give me through the Spirit to speak his Truth to merely human powers.”

Paul paused. The editor waited.

“We all need to include God in all our conversations about having strength to do the work he allows us to do for him. Til death do us unite.”