Today, I want to share how I’ve learned to pray at all times. It’s taken me a while to feel that I understand prayer and to consider myself a praying person. But now that I do, I’m excited to share what that’s done in my life. I hope this helps you draw closer to God in prayer.
Pray at All Times
As a child, I had a misconception. For some reason, I believed that prayer was an event. I felt it was something I needed to remember to tack on at the end of my day, just like brushing my teeth before bed. It was a time when I needed to be still and come before Jesus. There are times when I do that. I love quiet mornings on my couch. Sometimes I even get on my knees before him, but I’ve grown to discover prayer is not an event; it’s a continual conversation.
Every year, I pray when I start homeschooling–seven children at one time. (I pray we all learn and get along!) This morning I prayed as I watched my son drive away in the rain. (I prayed for his protection and for a bubble to surround his car from crazy drivers.) Last night I prayed for a friend when she shared a need on Facebook. I didn’t wait until the next morning‘s quiet time to pray. As I sat in front of my computer, I closed my eyes for a moment and I asked Jesus to be with her and to give her peace.
Pray at All Times
We don’t need to wait for a certain time of day to pray; instead, we can go to Jesus anytime. Longer prayer times are important — to listen as well as to make requests to Him – but Jesus’s ear is always attuned to even our smallest request. Susanna Wesley is a good example of someone who would pray at all times. She had many struggles in her life which lead her to pray. Between raising animals for food and finances, running a household in the days when everything was done by hand, and caring for five small children while teaching two others six hours a day, she had little time to pray (but lots of reasons to!) Even though she couldn’t get away to pray alone, she would tell her children that if they saw her with her apron over her head that meant she was praying and shouldn’t be disturbed.
“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
Each of us can be a praying person, and today is a wonderful day to start. Whenever you hear of prayer needs during the day, pause and lift your request to Jesus. Then set a time to pray for a longer period, taking care to listen for Jesus’s whispers to your heart.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God‘s will for you in Christ Jesus. First Thessalonians five16–18 NIV.
How can I pray for you today friend? Reply to this email and let me know!
Prayers That Changed History
For the last 2000 years, men and women who love Jesus have gladly served Him. They have gone out into their neighborhoods, towns, and the world, and Jesus has been with them. He hasn’t physically walked by their side. Instead, His Holy Spirit has been with them, leading and guiding them. We can do the same. Each of us has a special connection with the Holy Spirit when we go before God in prayer. Through prayer, we can make a difference in the world we live in too.
In Prayers That Changed History, the stories of twenty-five notable people are presented along with how prayer changed their lives and changed history. Following each historical example is a biblical story that ties to that person’s life and actions, as well as ways you can use the power of prayer in your life as well. Because God isn’t done changing the world yet, and he would love to use you to make history.
Get your copy here to learn about how ordinary people did extraordinary things through the power of God in prayer: Prayers That Changed History.