Times For Prayer
As New Testament Christians we have the privilege of prayer. The early church “continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42 emphasis L.B.).
In the New Testament we find that Jesus was steadfast in his prayer life and the first century Christians prayed often (Luke 3:21; Mt. 14:23; Mk. 1:35; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 12:5; Rom. 12:12; Eph. 6:18). Christians today should also be in the habit of regular prayer (1 Th. 5:17-18; Js. 5:16: Heb. 4:16).
We should all have set times for prayer and be ready at any time to pray.
1. Each day should begin with prayer (Mk. 1:35).
2. We should close our day with prayer. We teach, or once taught, our children to say their prayers before bedtime.
3. Before meals prayer should be offered to God (Mt. 6:11; Mt. 14:19; Acts 27:35; 1 Tim. 4:3).
4. Every major decision in life should be made with prayer to God for guidance. Before Jesus selected the 12 Apostles he prayed all night (Luke 6:12-13).
5. Every period of worship, whether private or public, should include prayer.
6. In our work for the Lord we need to continually pray for strength and wisdom. As God opens doors of opportunity for us we need to be prepared for every good work and prayer is a part of that preparation (Col. 1:10; Jn. 15:5; Neh. 1:4; 2:4; 4:9).
7. We should also pray when tempted to sin. God does not tempt us to sin (Js. 1:13), but does provide a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13). Let us be quick to pray when we are tempted to sin.
8. We need to pray for strength so that we can resist the temptation and for wisdom that we might see the way of escape God provides (2 Pet. 2:9; Mt. 6:13).
9. When facing trouble we should also turn to God in prayer. This should not be the only time we pray, but the difficulties we face in life should be taken to God in prayer (Luke 18:1; Ps. 86:1-8).
10. We also have the privilege of asking God to forgive us when we sin (1 Jn. 1:7-10).
Prayer is indeed a privilege. Let us not neglect this great gift from God.