John Calvin writes that “prayer is the intimate conversation of the pious with God.”1 (Calvin does not mean “pious” as religious sentimentality or moral superiority but those who are grateful, reverence and love God in adoration as recipients of God’s gifts at the cross) In prayer, believers meet with God in person. And in meeting God in person, believers experience that God’s promises are more than merely verbal declarations. As fallen humans who are totally depraved and sinful, we recognize we are incapable of kingdom good, righteousness and the right relationship with God that pleases and glorifies Him. In prayer, we go outside ourselves, we turn to God for the good and the blessings we cannot fulfill on our own. We pray and seek God’s promises fulfilled in Jesus Christ and sealed upon our lives in the Spirit. For this reason, we are to pray relentlessly. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 commands believers to “pray without ceasing.”
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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-21 (ESV)
1. Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion. (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1960), 3.20.16