Prayer Time is the most dreaded time for the devil,
because it shows that the Chrisitian are spiritually alive and are
breathing. Many Christians do not realize this and complain that their
busy lives leave them no time to pray, but as it has been said 'If you
are too busy to pray, then you are busier than God intended you to be.
' So build a fence around a certain part of the day and
reserve it for contact with God through prayer. The best Prayer Time is
in the morning when your mind is fresh and the day is still before
The Psalmist said, 'In the morning will I direct my
prayer unto Thee, and will look up.' (Psalm 5.3) Don't try to find a
time for prayer, make time. If you go through the day trying to fit a
prayer time into you schedule you will fail.
Make it the first priority after you awake from sleep
to keep a prayer appointment with the Lord. We need not, and should
not, limit out prayers to such appointed moments with God.
We can pray anywhere - in the street, on the way to
work, traveling in a bus or train. But these spontaneous and
unpremeditated prayers must be seen as extras. Growth and development
in the Christian life demand firmness with ourselves in relation to
fixed and definite Prayer Time.
One great prayer warrior said 'Those who do not provide
for a Quiet Time in the morning, do provide for an un-Quiet Time during
the day. The probabilities are that you will have to take time off
during, or at the end of the day, for regret, for penance, for eating
humble pie, or for realizing a sense of frustration, emptiness and
' This is not to say, of course, that if for genuine
reasons you miss your Quiet Prayer Time in the morning God is going to
'punish' you by siphoning off your spiritual peace. He loves you too
much for that.
No, what it means is that when we deprive ourselves of
a regular contact with God through prayer we remove ourselves from the
power that make for effective Christian living.
A diver who would regard it unnecessary to check that
his airline is in working order before he descends into the depths,
would be no more foolish than the Christian who descends into the
stifling atmosphere of today's world without getting his breathing
apparatus of prayer connected with the pure air of heaven above.
When we become spiritually anemic and pale, it is
usually due to self-inflicted asphyxiation. A traveler tells of
journeying through the Panama Canal. He says 'The great sea gates were
closed upon us. We, who had sailed the oceans, were blocked, shut in,
helpless, our freedom gone.
But lo, we felt a great lifting, great fountains were
opened up from beneath, and to our astonishment that great ship was
lifted thirty-five feet in just seven minutes.Then the gates opened and
we glided out on a high level, out on the bosom of Lake Gatun.'
The morning prayer appointment does that - it shuts you
in with God, the door closes upon you and you seem so enclosed, so
helpless. And then God's infinite resources begin to bubble up from
within, you are lifted silently, powerfully, effortlessly, without
noise or strain, onto a higher level.The door opens and you glide out
on to a higher level of life.
Those who practice daily contact with God through prayer
are often amazed how easily they transcend worries and fears and
resentments, and live on a higher, more positive, level.
The answer is quite simple: it's the result of being
shut in with God. William R. Inge reminds us: 'It is quite natural and
inevitable that if we spend an average sixteen hours of our day in
thinking about the affairs of the world, and only five minutes in
thinking about God . . . this world will seem two hundred times more
real to us than God.
' The great Christian and Philosopher, Blaise Pascal,
once declared, 'Nearly all the ills of life spring from this simple
source, that we are not able to sit still in a room.
' What, if in that stillness we meet with God? Would not
all our fears, our hesitancies, our doubts, be hushed in the quiet of
Isaiah said, 'We have been waiting for thee, be our
strong arm;' (Isaiah 33.2 Moffat) 'morn after morn, deliver us, all
' When we 'all forlorn' meet with Him 'morn after morn'
then He becomes 'our strong arm', our Deliverer.
To those who say they do not need to have a specific Prayer Time because they pray anywhere and everywhere, I would say you
cannot maintain the spirit of prayer unless you take specific times for
Experience has shown that unless one has a regular
organized Prayer Time then it loses its energy, its force and its
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