v 9.So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you.
The extent of our prayers.
Paul was not a man to give up on praying for people. How long did he go on, I wonder? I suspect it was a lifetime experience. Remember he was in prison when he wrote this letter, and I imagine he had quite a bit of time on his hands. So he prayed for the different individuals and Churches that he had dealt with. Most of us do not have that degree of time – but I feel that is not what Paul is talking about. He had these people in mind regularly. Although he was at a distance from them, he remembered them, thought about them, and then talked to God about them. It does not mean he was constantly on his knees praying in a formal fashion, but rather whenever they came to mind he talked to God about them.
Praying constantly is an attitude of prayer, not simply a description of how often, or how long we pray.