READING: 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Paul taught us that we are to pray “without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). One of the practical ways we can do this is to utilize “drive-by praying” any time we’re in the car. As you drive, watch for these opportunities to pray:
- “For Sale” signs in front yards. Pray for the family who’s leaving and the family who will be buying the home. Pray they will know Jesus personally.
- Public school buildings. I doubt I need to explain much about praying for the safety of students and staff, for the believers’ witness in those schools, and for the protection of students living in unhealthy or dangerous situations.
- Hospitals. Inside those walls are people facing life and death issues. They need our prayers.
- Worship sites for other world faiths. Pray, for example, for those attending the local mosque. Ask God to make Himself known to them.
- Government buildings. It’s easy to get frustrated with government leaders when we’re not praying for them. Change that pattern in your life by praying for leaders.
- Children and teens you pass.You never know, but you might be the only person praying for them that day.
- Church buildings.How many churches do you pass on the way to your church on Sunday—but you don’t pray for them? Pray that the gospel will be preached when those congregations gather.
As you drive, you might also pray for drivers who seem to be frustrated, first responders on their way to an emergency, and school bus drivers transporting children throughout the day. In fact, you can come up with all kinds of opportunities to pray even during a short trip.
PRAYER: “God, teach me to pray any time I get in the car.”
TOMORROW’S READING: 2 Samuel 16-18, Luke 24:36-53