What does the Bible mean when we are told: “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Is that even POSSIBLE? How can we pray without ceasing???
“Pray without ceasing” means what it says, not what it obviously doesn’t say.
Just as we are to be “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;…” (Titus 2:13). That doesn’t mean that you don’t sleep or don’t focus your attention on other things, obviously. But when you are physically and mentally able, you have a constant and abiding hope and expectation of His coming.
So it is with prayer. You must sleep. You must focus on your job, focus on driving, carry on conversations that take your full attention, etc. But on a daily and regular basis, as able, you pray.
Always remember that the Bible is written in a “reasonable” manner (Isaiah 1:18) and that the Lord takes for granted “common sense” and that those seeking to really know the mind of God will note the intent of the Author, as well. (Notice how the intent of Jesus’ words was ignored by His enemies as they tried to “catch him in his words”, Mark 12:13). We must be careful to look for the explanation in the context and intent of the statement and not allow our minds to add wild and unintended conjecture.
Many questions that people have about the Bible are cured by simply looking at the context, taking the passage at face value with a dose of common sense and with acknowledgement of the intent of the Author.
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:18)