Prayer changes things. I have seen first hand accounts of prayer changing circumstances, changing individuals, lives, hearts and souls. Even having experienced the impactful and profound effect of the power of prayers I often times find it challenging and almost daunting to pray. It’s sad. We are given so many blessings and opportunities by our creator and we are going through life without the will or desire to thank Him, to worship and praise Him or to simply talk to Him as a friend.
Becoming a prayerful person takes effort and fevert consistency. It takes discipline and often times structure. In the past I have shared the benefits of implementing and utilizing a prayer journal as a method of daily prayer. Today I want to delve a little more deeply into the topic of prayer and why we not only “should” but rather “must” pray everyday. Prayer doesn’t change God. It changes us.
Sometimes prayer won’t change our circumstances simply because it’s not in God’s will for the circumstances to change or because the timing is off or because we don’t know what we should be praying for.
“God do you hear me”? “I’ve been praying for a specific intention for years and I still haven’t seen a change, I still don’t know if it’s ever going to be answered.” There are many and many and many of us in the same boat. We are just waiting. Waiting for a sign. Waiting for a breakthrough. And during this wait it becomes very exhausting to continue to pray and to continue to believe and so many of us are dismayed and inconsistent or even doubtful. We tell others to remain firm and consistent and prayerful and hopeful but we ourselves are not. Feelings shouldn’t dictate our habits in life. Not in our daily goings nor in our spiritual growth. But unfortunately we do allow them to.
So when is the best time to pray? Any time that works best for you. For me this means first thing in the morning because the reality is if I don’t first thing in the morning then I may just give a quick three minutes before bed and that’s it. And it’s not to say that it should be a chore or task but it takes effort and discipline and consistency to develop the habit and desire to talk with God.
We are called to pray without ceasing. How do we do this? We can’t possibly pray while we are sleeping or brushing our teeth or chewing our food. Or can we? By simply giving our all in devotion our actions, life and tasks becoming a daily act of gratitude.
The best time to pray is first thing in the morning as soon as you open your eyes to give gratitude for all that you have and all that God is. It’s before you eat to give thanks for the nourishment that you are about to ingest that many in the world go without. It’s right before you close your eyes to give thanks for the day you were able to live and ask for forgiveness for all the shortcomings and strength for the next day whether you live to see it or not. The best time to pray is when you are driving and you give thought as to you organs that are functioning. Your heart that is beating, your rib cage that is protecting your organs, your will which is determined by a higher power, in which you are gifted this moment and not guaranteed it. You can pray at each red light. You can pray at each commercial break, as you’re washing the dishes, as you are ironing your clothes.
There is no perfect time to pray. The best time is the time that you are able to get into the presence of God and open up your heart and soul. The best time is the time you give of yourself. The best time is simply the giving of time and over time it will become habitual and an expression of your love and will of your time. The best time to pray is anytime and all the time. May we long to simply seek and give of ourselves and of our time to truly talk with, listen to and meditate in the presence of our one true God.