Pray without Ceasing

WHAT Christian will not be pleased with the following practical exposition of the text, "Pray without ceasing."  We admire its brevity and simplicity. To us, it has been as good as a sermon.

A number of ministers were assembled for the discussion of difficult questions, and among others, it was asked how the command, Pray without ceasing, could be complied with.  Various suppositions were stated, and at length one of the number was appointed to write upon the subject, and read it at the next meeting, which being overheard by a plain, sensible girl, she exclaimed:

"What, a whole month wanted to tell the meaning of that text?  It is one of the easiest and best texts in the whole Bible."

"Well," said an old minister, "Mary, what can you say about it? can you pray all the time?"

"O yes, sir."

"What, when you have so many things to do?"

"Why, sir, the more I have to do the more I can pray."

"Indeed, Mary, let us know how it is, for most people think otherwise."

"Well, sir, when I first open my eyes in the morning, I pray, Lord, open the eyes of my understanding, to behold wondrous things out of thy law. And while I am washing, I pray that my soul may be washed and sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus. And while I am dressing, I pray that my heart may be clothed with humility. And as I begin my work, I pray that I may have strength unto my day. When I begin to kindle the fire, I pray that the love of God may burn in my heart.  And as I sweep out the house, I pray that my heart may be cleansed from all impurity.  And while I am preparing and partaking of breakfast, I desire to be fed with the hidden manna, and sincere milk of the word. And when I am busy with the children, I look up to God as my Father, and pray for the spirit of adoption; and that I may be his child. And so all the day, everything I do furnishes me with something for prayer."