Fundamentals of Prayer – Chapter 2 When Do We Pray?

As you grow in your walk with God, you will graduate into the different dimensions of prayers. You will hear the terms “warfare”, “intercession”, the “prayer of faith” and many other references. But at the basis, prayer remains communication with God. As God’s children, we can approach Him at any time of the day or night. Hebrews 10:20-22 tells us that we have confidence to approach God because of Jesus’ death. His death at Calvary’s Cross has brought us believers into fellowship with Him. However, there are times of the day where we may find it particularly beneficial to carve out that time of prayer.

Early in the morning.

Before the hustle and bustle of the day’s activities, we can go before God to put our plans into His hands and request of Him whatever resources – (tangible such as financial or human resources, materials and intangible such as strength, patience, grace, mercy) which we will need to complete the day’s tasks. God knows what lies ahead of you. Allow him to prepare you for it.

Before going to bed.

The end of the day is a perfect time to reflect with God on all that has transpired. We may wish to thank Him for certain things. Events may have arisen which concerned us and we can now use this time to discuss them with God, for example, to ask Him to intervene in  challenging situation. Just praising God for who His and what He has done helps to refuel and rejuvenate us after a long day.

Before meals or at the start or end of significant events, as a show of thanksgiving.

Expressing gratitude during the course of the day helps us to remain spiritually connected to God. Thanksgiving is something we can so easily take for granted in our fast-paced world. We have lunch, we gulp it down at our desk, we rush to school or work, and then rush home or through the aisles of the supermarket. Take time out to say thank you to God.

When faced with a crisis.

Sometimes waiting until the end of the day to raise a concern before God may be too long to wait. A crisis may have occurred, something to cause significant worry, even panic. Right where we are, we can dial the throne room of Heaven and expect to get through immediately to God.

In response to a tugging from the Holy Spirit on our hearts.

Prayers in moments of crisis are not only prompted by us. There are times where the Holy Spirit wants to alert us that something is going, has gone or will go awry in our lives, or in a life or situation which has an impact on us somehow. As we grow in our Christian walk, we will become more sensitive to these promptings and God will lead us to pray about situations far outside of our circle of reach.

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