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Pray Without Ceasing

Perhaps the best way to illustrate the idea of ceaseless prayer is to compare it to breathing. Inhaling and exhaling is so natural for us that it often seems totally involuntary; it's actually harder to hold your breath than it is to breathe. The same should be true of prayer for the Christian. Prayer is like breathing for us. The natural thing for us to do is commune with God. When we don't pray, we're holding our breath spiritually - fighting against the very existence and presence of God in our lives. Prayer should flow naturally and continually from our hearts...

I think of prayer as living in continual God-consciousness, in which everything we see and experience becomes a kind of prayer, lived in deep awareness of and surrender to our heavenly Father. Whatever happens, there is a Godward response. To obey this exhortation means that when we are tempted, we bring the temptation before God and ask for His help. When we experience something good and beautiful, we immediately thank the Lord for it. When we see evil around us, we ask God to make it right and to allow us to help remedy the evil, if such involvement is according to His will. When we meet people who do not know Christ, we pray for God to draw them to Himself and to use us as faithful witnesses. When we encounter trouble, we turn to God as our Deliverer...

All your thoughts, deeds, and circumstances become an opportunity to commune with your heavenly Father

John MacArthur
Lord, Teach Me to Pray
pp. 49-50

Knowledge of God: The Only Thing of Transcendent Importance

The only thing of transcendent importance to human beings is the knowledge of God. This knowledge does not belong to those who endlessly focus on themselves. Those who truly come to know God delight just to know him. He becomes their center. They think of him, delight in him, boast of him. They want to know more and more what kind of God he is. As they learn that he is the God "who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth," naturally they want those same values to prevail - not because their egos are bound up with certain arbitrary notions of, say, "justice," but because their center is God and they take their cues from him and his character. They boast in him.

The Cross and Christian Ministry
D.A. Carson
p. 32

The depth and depravity of our self-centeredness

This is a central theme of Scripture. God made us to gravitate toward him, to acknowledge with joy and obedience that he is the center of all, that he alone is God. The heart of our wretched rebellion is that each of us wants to be number one. We make ourselves the center of all our thoughts and hopes and imaginatings. This vicious lust to be first works its way outward not only in hatred, war, rape, greed, covetousness, malice, bitterness, and much more, but also in self-righteousness, self-promotion, manufactured religions, and domesticated gods...

 Our self-centeredness is deep. It is so brutally idolatrous that it tries to domesticate God himself. In our desperate folly, we act as if we can outsmart God, as if he owes us explanations, as if weare wise and self-determining while he exists only to meet our needs.

But this God says, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."

The Cross and Christian Ministry
D.A. Carson