When asked how much time he spent in prayer, George Muller’s reply was, “Hours every day. But I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk and when I lie down and when I arise. And the answers are always coming.” Source Unknown. Prayer is not only an out loud conversation with God. It is true that we should have moments during the day that we talk with God, giving Him praises and presenting our requests. but it is important for us to understand that we should cultivate a prayerful spirit during the rest of the day, so at any given time we could raise our voices or thoughts to God and offer a prayer.
8. Cultivate a prayerful spirit throughout the day
I really believe that we should cultivate a prayerful spirit throughout the day in our lives. We have to be always ready to offer a prayer, no matter when or where we are. This is why the Bible mentions prayer with the words “always”, “at all times”, “on all occasions”, “constantly”, night and day”, “continually”. Here are some texts that show us that. They are from the Psalms, Jesus, and Paul: “I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. Psalms 34:1”, “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1”, “God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. Romans 1:9-10”, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18”, “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy Philippians 1:4”, “Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. 1Thessalonians 3:10”, “pray continually; 1Thessalonians 5:17”.
How can we do that? In the time that we live right now, that is a big challenge for every Christian. Here are some simple suggestions:
1. Stay alert for praise and thanksgiving opportunities during the day. Many times during the day we experience opportunities that we should be thankful to God. When we see one of those opportunities we should raise our voices in praise.
2. Stay alert for intercession opportunities. This is not just for us, but for others. Sometimes we see situations that require a prayer, at home, in the office, in the traffic, etc. So, always be ready to pray.
3. Stay alert for prayer opportunities for you or for someone around you. Sometimes you are in need of something or a special intervention from God. Maybe you or someone around you needs patience, love, kindness, etc.
4. Stay alert for prayer opportunities that are not related to your surroundings. Sometimes God will bring people and circumstances into our minds and hearts that have nothing to do with our situation. It can be a church member, a pastor, missionary, or any other member or aspect of the Kingdom of God where prayer is needed.
In the book of Nehemiah we found an interesting story. Nehemiah was in Babylon as an exile. He was the cupbearer of the king. One day he was very sad with the news that he received from Jerusalem. While he was serving the king, the king noticed his sadness and asked him what was going on. He told the king about the situation of Jerusalem. Here is the rest of the story narrated by Nehemiah: “The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it.” Nehemiah 2:4-5.” Nehemiah did not have time to go to his room and say a prayer. He did not kneel before the king to say a prayer. He just raised his thoughts or a whisper voice to God asking for guidance.
As you can see you can develop that kind of spirit, a prayerful spirit, so you will always be ready to pray for yourself or anybody else.
Have a blessed week,