Evening, Morning And At Noon Will I Pray

Thursday was National Day of Prayer, and I spent some time on social media Friday to see some of the comments. I was only on for a few minutes when I had to turn it off.

Prayer is such an important part of my daily life that it's very shocking to read negative comments and non-believers' comments. It's also discouraging to read Christian's posts that say "I know I should pray every day," "My goal is to pray," and "I pray whenever I need to."

Scripture tells us exactly how we are to pray, so it's difficult to understand why where, when and how to pray are even questioned.

Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17

David prayed at three specific times every day, and probably more that weren't exactly scheduled. This is how Daniel prayed, too, and it was obvious from the Bible's description that this was his habit.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Daniel 6:10

Even Sunday School children know how Daniel's prayer life led to a miracle in his life.

Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God. Daniel 6:23

Not even a den of lions could touch a praying and believing man. That's just one example of the power of prayer.

While a national day of prayer is a wonderful idea to stimulate corporate prayer, prayer isn't just about gathering on a certain day or with a certain group. It's about meeting one-on-one to communicate with our heavenly Father.

But thou, when thou praise, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:6

Your prayer closet doesn't have to be an actually closet, though that would definitely be a secret place. It could be the corner of your room, out on the deck or tucked in your bed before you get up in the morning. Anywhere you can be alone and undisturbed with God can be your prayer closet.

As we begin our week, my prayer is that we will make every day a day of prayer. There are so many needs and so many blessings to be thankful for, that we should never run out of things to talk about with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 has new meaning in this light: Pray without ceasing.

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