When to Pray?

I’m amazed at the discipline of other religions such as Islam. While I don’t share their beliefs (there is one way to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ) I really respect their devotion. There are 5 calls to prayer a day, where devout Muslims stop what they’re doing and turn their focus to prayer. I just want you to think about that for a moment – when have you ever uttered, in the middle of work, a conversation, a class, or a movie “I have to take a break, it’s time to pray”? One time I tried using part of my lunch break as a prayer time and I think my friend and I lasted a week. While I can’t be consistent to set aside time to pray once a day, these incredibly devout people join together as one whole community five times a day to pray in unison. Are you kidding me?! That’s incredible!

I’m not saying we need to follow a strict prayer schedule every day, but I want us to consider how much time we devote to prayer. The Bible doesn’t say we must pray at specific times for a certain length of time; it says something even greater:

“pray continually” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)

When should we pray? Always. Continually. Consistently. Constantly. {tweet this}

The instruction is simple but it’s not easy.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

Think about the world in which Paul lived: he knew the importance and power of prayer. He had been healed and rescued and preserved, praying every step of the way.

I don’t believe God longs for us to move to some remote location where we just pray 24/7 with no human interaction because that would go against his commandment of loving others. But we should be in a consistent dialogue with the Lord. Pray as you’re driving (and not asking for fire to rain down on the person who cut you off), as you’re grocery shopping, at work, in your neighborhood, while watching a movie or going to a concert. There have been times when I’ve been praying while I was driving and felt an unction from the Lord to go a different way that I obeyed. Other times he’s impressed it upon my heart to say something to someone (an introvert’s hell), an encouraging word that would’ve remained unuttered had I not been in prayer. On occasion, I’ve had to stop in the middle of a movie because I felt an urge to pray for something.

Today let’s be more intentional to pray. Set a reminder every hour on your phone to pray and when it goes off just begin thanking God or praising him. This doesn’t need to be a big show, but you can silently pray at your desk or discretely step away for a quiet moment with the Lord. Invite your spouse or children to join you in prayer when you’re with them. Ask God for opportunities to pray for a co-worker or a friend who might be going through a hard time. Pray blessings over people who you might not normally want to pray for. Be expectant for divine appointments and insights as you learn to tap into his voice and be content if those don’t come right away. Let’s choose to follow Paul’s instruction and, to the best of our abilities, pray always.


 

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  1. Mark 1:35
    In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.

    Isaiah 33:2
    O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for You Be their strength every morning, Our salvation also in the time of distress.

    Psalm 5:3
    In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

    There are several more…but these are my favorites for why I get up early to have prayer and Bible time ❤️

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  2. I’ve never thought about setting a timer for prayer before. I’m definitely going to share this suggestion to and with my friends.

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