Is not praying daily sinful?

Drac16, if you’re correct, we sin by literally not praying every moment of every day: 24/7/365.

The Bible passage you quote is an exhortation to pray often - not a statement that we sin when we only pray, say, 10 hours a day instead of 11.

It’s bad enough that this board is populated by the overscrupulous, but your post just feeds OPs misguided sense of sin.

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Don’t twist my words, please. I never said that I believe one must pray for 10-11 hours a day. When Paul tells us how to live, we are under commandment of God to listen to him. I ask again: how can one pray without ceasing if one doesn’t pray at all?[

I’m twisting nothing. You said it was a sin to not pray every day, which is probably the last thing OP needs to hear.

If we sin by not praying “unceasingly,” then we’re all sinning every time we, I dunno, post on this board in lieu of praying?

I pray without ceasing. All of us ought to. Like you said, it is an expression, not a literal all-day habit. I agree with you there. If the OP is offended by what I’ve said in this thread, then he/she is really wimpy. I can’t imagine a christian getting offended by 1 Thessalonians 5. It’s revelation. I didn’t come to this thread to put forth my own opinions, I just quoted a passage and somehow I was in the wrong.

CCC #2698
“The Tradition of the Church proposes to the faithful certain rhythms of praying intended to nourish continual prayer. Some are daily, such as morning and evening prayer, grace before and after meals, the Liturgy of the Hours. Sundays, centered on the Eucharist, are kept holy primarily by prayer. The cycle of the liturgical year and its great feasts are also basic rhythms of the Christian’s life of prayer.”

CCC #2742 - 2745
" "Pray constantly . . . always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father."33 St. Paul adds, "Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance making supplication for all the saints."34 For "we have not been commanded to work, to keep watch and to fast constantly, but it has been laid down that we are to pray without ceasing."35 This tireless fervor can come only from love. Against our dullness and laziness, the battle of prayer is that of humble, trusting, and persevering love. This love opens our hearts to three enlightening and life-giving facts of faith about prayer.

2743 It is always possible to pray : The time of the Christian is that of the risen Christ who is with us always, no matter what tempests may arise.36 Our time is in the hands of God:

It is possible to offer fervent prayer even while walking in public or strolling alone, or seated in your shop, . . . while buying or selling, . . . or even while cooking.37

2744 Prayer is a vital necessity . Proof from the contrary is no less convincing: if we do not allow the Spirit to lead us, we fall back into the slavery of sin.38 How can the Holy Spirit be our life if our heart is far from him?

Nothing is equal to prayer; for what is impossible it makes possible, what is difficult, easy. . . . For it is impossible, utterly impossible, for the man who prays eagerly and invokes God ceaselessly ever to sin.39

Those who pray are certainly saved; those who do not pray are certainly damned.40

2745 Prayer and Christian life are inseparable , for they concern the same love and the same renunciation, proceeding from love; the same filial and loving conformity with the Father’s plan of love; the same transforming union in the Holy Spirit who conforms us more and more to Christ Jesus; the same love for all men, the love with which Jesus has loved us. "Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he [will] give it to you. This I command you, to love one another."41

He “prays without ceasing” who unites prayer to works and good works to prayer. Only in this way can we consider as realizable the principle of praying without ceasing"

Prayer in the Christian Life <- the whole section on prayer in the catechism is appropriate to read.

Offer up little inspirations to God throughout the day whilst doing any task “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner” , “Lord I love Thee”, etc.

thank you, this was fairly helpful

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Your priest told you that it isn’t sin.

Believe him.

If that is the case we sin while we sleep.

actually he didn’t, that’s what I was trying to say in the original post, no priest has ever said it’s not sinful, and they always absolve me

You can ask him next time you go for confession.

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