The Bible speaks about this concept of unceasing prayer, to give some examples that seem to talk about thus: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.),

Other verses: Mark 13:32-37; Matthew 26:40-41;

I've heard Eastern-Orthodox priests as having literal interpretation of this idea. Saying that we should follow the example of hermits, retreat in the wild and pray unceasingly.

I find that to be a bit extreme and wondered how do Lutherans, Reformed, Anglican and other mainline Protestants interpret these verses?

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I suspect that differences of opinion might extend all the way to the individual level, rather than being settled upon by any particular denomination.

(So: what do you think it means?)

Inasmuch as I've grown up in the larger protestant tradition, I suppose my opinion might be worth more than nothing, so here goes: it sounds like an attitude to me; the continual practice of keeping short accounts with God, just another angle on loving God and loving your neighbor, just as Philippians 2 is an angle on the same.

I could be wrong, and I'm not a professional, so...

  • To my understanding Baptist is not a Protestant branch certainly SBC is not mainline. Some would say Baptist came from the Anabaptist movement not the Protestant movement. I suppose the questioner would still appreciate a Baptist view point though I’d be curious to know what kind of Baptist you are. The Catholic Protestant dichotomy does not envelop all denominations.
    – Autodidact
    Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 18:15
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    Perhaps not strictly mainline. But to help out, since I was speaking from a generally protestant background I'll edit out the particular denomination. As for me, I'm perhaps not a particularly "good" Baptist, having done time in Reformed, Methodist, Plymouth Brethren, and Community churches.
    – rje
    Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 23:03
  • @MrConstantin Baptist is most definitely a Protestant branch! Why would you think otherwise? You are right though that Southern Baptists are not mainline.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Jan 19, 2019 at 3:42
  • There are a few kinds of Baptist, Old German Baptist for instance is not Protestant, they trace back to Anabaptist. There is this perception that someone is either Catholic or Protestant and the Catholic Church is making an effort to bring the Protestants back under the fold of Catholicism. Unfortunately people fail to realize that some denominations were never Catholic and did not branch out from Protestant (former Catholics). Orthodox is a major one, Anabaptist another. I did ask if he could say which kind of Baptist he was for that reason
    – Autodidact
    Commented Jan 19, 2019 at 4:30
  • @MrConstantin I don't know where you're getting your definitions, but the anabaptists are almost always considered Protestant, arising shortly after Luther and Zwingli and developing further from then. Modern Baptists always are. There's no conspiracy to bring everyone back to Catholicism.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Jan 19, 2019 at 5:49

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