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When Should We Pray? (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Introductory Thoughts

Some Bible teachers have suggested that there are specific times of the day in which believers ought to go to the Lord in prayer. In Psalm 5:3, David vowed to present his prayers before the Lord in the morning. In the 88th psalm, the psalmist acknowledged that he prayed to the Lord day and night (Psalm 88:1). Of course, many know about the pattern followed by Daniel, even in the face of persecution, when he sought the Lord three times a day (Daniel 6:10). From these passages, one might suggest that there are specific times of prayer, but according to 1 Thessalonians 5:17, believers are to pray without ceasing. In other words, believers ought to always be in a constant state of prayer before the Lord.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Children of God should have a time when they meet daily with the Lord. The rest of the time, we should be continuing instant in prayer (Romans 12:12). That means we remain ready to pray immediately for anyone who has a need day or night.
  • (For everyone): When is the best time for you personally to regularly set aside some time to pray? What are some problems with only going to the Lord in prayer during that set time?
  • How can believers constantly be in prayer? Why is it important that we pray without ceasing? What keeps us from spending the time in prayer that we ought to spend?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to help you spend more time with Him in prayer.
  • Ask God to help you faithfully present your prayers before Him.