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He also wrote that men ought to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17 1 Thessalonians 5:17Pray without ceasing.
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). Prayer is a part of a lifestyle that requires effort to resist sin and to change our lives (Hebrews 12:1-4 Hebrews 12:1-4 1 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin.
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). Far too many choose the easy path that requires little or no effort—but that path leads to destruction, and we pay with our lives (Matthew 7:13 Matthew 7:13Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
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, 14). We do have a choice—to pray for guidance and forgiveness and follow the path that has been laid out for mankind or to ignore that direction and let the chips fall where they may.

Some people want to pray for forgiveness and do no more. Some understand that fighting temptation is a constant in the life of a Christian. Prayer alone does not offer salvation, but it opens the door to a new way of life. The one definite in life is that if we do not reconcile with our Creator, we will pay with our lives. Which way will you choose?