As I was growing up among Friends in my church in Bolivia, I heard that the patriarch Abram had walked with God. I was struck by the idea of walking with God. My ten-year-old mind wondered if I could see someone walking with God. It was not until I started going to prayer worship on Wednesdays with my mom that I saw some Friends walking with God. These Friends, whose joyful faces I liked seeing, practiced unceasing praying. For instance, every Wednesday these Friends gathered to pray to God with thankful words, and pray for the people of all nations. By asking God for people’s well being, these Friends made come true what is written in Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Thus, as I listened to these Friends testimonies with gratitude about God’s responses to their prayers on Wednesdays, I learned how important it is to lift up social concerns to God in our prayers.
Ever since I have started walking with God, unceasing praying has helped unite me with all of creation. For example, in practicing unceasing praying I have enough time to pray for our neighbors who are suffering because of all types of tragedies. By doing it in the love of God, I feel my empathy toward other human beings growing in my life.
If the followers of Jesus Christ are open to practicing unceasing praying at the individual and corporate level, the sin, wickedness, injustice, violence, crime, iniquity and all evil things will be defeated on the Earth. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, requested his disciples to do unceasing prayer in Matthew 26:38: “Then he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.’”
Contributed by Emma Condori-Mamani, a Friend from Bolivia