“Be prayerful”

I Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”

II Timothy 2:8 “I’ll therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath doubting.”

Surely a daily needed spiritual vitamin.  There is much exhortation in the Bible to pray.  Paul tells Timothy how to pray and for whom,  in chapter 2: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority…”. 

Ever notice how many times we are told to pray for one another in the Scriptures.  Paul was always asking the believers to pray for him and his ministry.  Paul also was praying for the churches he helped establish.  He told them what he was praying for them.  Read Paul’s epistles and notice his prayers.  Someone said we ought to pray Paul’s prayers for one another.  He knew how to pray for others and spent much time doing so.  Praying takes time and energy.  If we really learn to pray, it will take all our energy as we pour our hearts out to God on behalf of others and ourselves.  Missionaries and all God’s servants need our prayers; families need our prayers; churches need our prayers; the world needs our prayers.

When should we pray? Psalm 55:17 tells us.  “Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud; and he shall hear my voice.”  Daniel prayer 3 times a day even when it was against the law to do so.  He ended up in the lion’s den, because of his praying.  We will probably not end up in the lion’s den; but do we pray faithfully even if that were a possibility.  

Don’t know how to pray.  Ask the Lord to teach us how to pray.  The Holy Spirit will guide us in our prayers.

            Teach me to pray, Lord, teach me to pray;

            This is my heart cry day unto day;

            I long to know Thy will and Thy way;

            Teach me to pray, Lord, teach me to pray.      Albert S. Reitz