Christians sometimes wonder if they are praying less or too much and wonder again if something is wrong with their prayer pattern; Thinking that might cause them not to see answers from God.
Prayer is one of the powerful weapons God has given us to use in our daily lives. There is an invisible battle going on. Ephesians 6 calls it spiritual warfare.
This war never ends. It is 24/7. You will then agree with me that Christians must pray every day. This is not a suggestion or an opinion but from the Holy Bible.
“With all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:18)
The Bible verse above says “praying at all times.” Meaning it is something that has to be continuous. There is no specific time designed for Christians to pray. Again, there is no particular place or designated place for Christians to pray.
God is omnipresent. Meaning He is everywhere. If God is available in any place at any time —then at any time or any day we can pray.
The Israelites Pray Three Times
Looking at the Old Testament, we can understand that the Jews worshiped in their temples or prayed 3 times a day. Daniel made prayer part of his life.
And the Bible accounted that he prayed 3 times a day.
“… and he kneeled on his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did before.” (Daniel 6:10)
This is the custom of the Jews and Daniel was faithful to his payer pattern. One particular or important time they used to pray is the ninth hour which is also known as 3:00 pm
“Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.” (Acts 3:1)
How Many Times Should Christian Pray?
There is no particular number of times a Christian should pray. You must be prayerful. Irrespective of where you are or what the time is —you have to pray.
Pray at all times on every occasion. I know sometimes it feels boring to say some prayers. But hey! Cheer up. Get up on your feet and talk to God. You can talk to Him when you are about to sleep, at the midnight, in the morning, when you are about to take your breakfast, etc
The flesh may feel weak, but we still have to pray. Jesus told his 3 disciples that the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
God is Spirit so we must approach Him in spirit through prayers and other spiritual practices such as fasting.
There is no specific time God instructs his children to pray. He is not affected by time or space. As long as you have breath in you —pray.
In the book of 1st Thessalonians 5:17, it says “pray without ceasing.”
This is a command for everyone who is a child of God. In the morning, afternoon, evening, night, dawn, or whatever hour you find yourself —you can pray.
Prayer has many spiritual benefits that reflect in our natural lives on earth. Send your request to the Lord at all times. Have faith and patience and He will answer you.
Discipline Your Prayer Time
You can set a particular time to pray to God. This shows how serious you want to have a relationship with Him. A Father/Friend who loves to hear from us is always waiting for our prayers.
Many faithful Christians set particular times to pray to God. For instance, getting yourself acquainted with your morning devotion or “Quite Times,” helps in your spiritual growth.
It is up to you to set the time. Maybe you can arrange to do your morning devotion at 5:30 am every day. Be committed to it. Let it be part of your daily activities.
At least spend some 15 to 30 minutes with God before you go on with your job or normal activities.
At the end of the day, make sure you have talked to your Maker through prayers. Don’t be lazy. Because without prayers you will always fall into temptation. And the saddest part is —it will wreak havoc on your life because you never called on God for protection.
Finally, praying to God doesn’t mean He will give you an answer. Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers for various reasons. The Bible has explained a few of them.
If your prayers meet God’s will —then surely the answer will come quickly. Let a greater part of your prayers give glory to the Lord. Exalt His name like how David walked with the Lord.
The Lord’s prayer says “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” His will for you is perfect. Seek it and you would never be ashamed or disappointed. I believe it is time to say some prayers.