packed to Pray?
must be ready all the time.
the Son of Man will come when least expected" (Mt 24:44)
His discourses on the endtime Jesus emphasised watchfulness in prayer over
anything else. "Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when
the time is" (Mk 13:33; Mt 25:13). Jesus might have known that in
these days there would be a slump in prayertime.
world is busier than ever. In spite of so many modern gadgets to do things
faster, we don't have so much spare time as our forebears. Everyday it's
hectic. The casualty is always the prayertime. In the Bible, watching and
praying are often mentioned together (Lk 21:36; Eph 6:18; Col 4:2).
saying goes, "He who prays sins not; He who sins prays not!" In
these days when sin abounds, prayer is the only way of escape. Martin
Luther (1483-1546) testified, "If I fail to spend two hours in prayer
each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day." As our
work increases so should our prayertime. Because, more prayer means more
power, more strength and more wisdom. It is unwise to sacrifice prayer for
work, secular or sacred. Until we set aside definite times for prayer we
will never make it. Who was busier than King David in his time? Yet he had
definite prayer times daily (Psa 55:17). Daniel never missed his
three-times-a-day prayer, whatever the situation might be (Dan 6:10). Let
us also cultivate such prayer habits. The devil shudders not so much at a
preacher as at a prayer warrior!
it is usually quite difficult to find an unhurried hour for prayer during
daytime in these busy days, it is advisable to set aside early hours of
the day for the same. This was the practice of Jesus since folks were
flocking Him from dawn to dusk (Mk 1:35).
enemy keeps devising new strategies to draw us from faith and drown us in
filth. Prayer is the antidote. Failure on knees makes us succumb to his
every assault. Jesus taught us to pray, "Deliver us from evil."
A willing spirit is not enough to overcome temptation unless the weak body
is strengthened by watchful prayer (Mt 26:41). According to Pastor Paul
Yangi Cho of South Korea, "One who does not pray for atleast an hour
each day is not a believer; one who does not pray for atleast two hours is
not a Servant of God!"
hour of Prayer, Sweet hour of Prayer,
calls me from a world of care,
oft escaped the tempter's snare
thy return, Sweet hour of prayer !
(William W. Walford, 1772-1850)