This article raises the question of the balance between prayer and work. This topic is discussed
through an intercultural approach of Paul’s recommendation about praying and working
without ceasing (1 Th 1:9; 3:10). The main hypothesis postulates that constant prayer and
work are associated with the concepts of thanksgiving (words of the εὐχαριστ-lemma) and
exemplarity. It is argued that Pauline recommendations about praying and working without
ceasing prove to be supported not only by an original biblical culture, but also by a church
culture as well as a currently emerging African culture.