Sep6SunSeptember 6, 2015
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Lk 11:2
When – Websters Def: At or during the time that; just at the moment that; at any or every time that; in the event that; considering that; in spite of the fact that; the time or occasion at or in which; (Grk) hotan – whenever, in as much as. When do you pray? Jesus prayed early in the morning (Mk 1:35), spent the night in prayer (Lk 6:12), as well as prayed during the course of the day (Lk 9:29; 22:41; Jn 17:1-26). Daniel prayed three times a day (Dan 6:10). Jesus was never out of fellowship with the Father up until His last moments on the cross where He said, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?”
Jesus is our example and the words “Follow Me” include an effective prayer life. Prayer is where great men and women of God are made, sustained, and victorious. It is the chamber of transformation, transfiguration, and revival. Prayer is the battleground upon which we defeat all of our enemies. Without giving a whole lot of fancy hoopla as a source of encouragement to act, suffice it to say, prayer is necessary for spiritual survival in the times we live in. How you view and handle this is your prerogative but words like “watch and pray”, “Men ought to always pray”, “If my people…shall humble themselves and pray”, “praying always with all prayer”, “When ye pray”, “and they continued steadfastly…and in prayers”, “in everything by prayer and supplication”, “pray without ceasing”, are plenty to consider both the urgency and the necessity to pray.
Not everyone who prays is heard by our God. Proverbs 15:29 says, “The Lord is far from the wicked: but He heareth the prayer of the righteous.” If you need help in developing your prayer life, read and meditate upon the Book of Psalms. Begin with Psalm 5. Be a part of Corporate Prayer Sun and Wed. Pray at home. Pray with others that have a strong prayer life.
“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” Ps 5:3
“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” Ps 55:17
“Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” Ps 141:2
“And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand." Rev 8:4