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What time and place is good for prayer?

Having an appropriate time and place set aside for prayer is often vital in maintaining a serious prayer life. So having a secret/quiet time and place to pray is ideal for those with restless hearts. The Bible says, “[I]n quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isa 30:15). In our day to day lives, we are often so busy that we forget we need to set aside time for ourselves to pray. Our hearts become so busy we only think about our daily problems, not the solution that lies in God. Only in quietness can we seek the Lord’s face (Ps 27:4). Jesus himself often withdrew to lonely places to pray (Lk 5:16). Although quiet surroundings are ideal, quietness is more a matter of the heart than an environmental prerequisite for good prayer. Our heart should block out any external and internal disturbances that may cause us to lose focus in our prayer. We have to come to an internal quiet and peace within ourselves to have an effective prayer. Having deep personal communion with God in prayer should be a treasured time.

We should try to pray at least three times a day (Dan 6:10; Ps 55:17). Additionally, even seemingly insignificant silent prayers, which may only last a few minutes, can help us gain a little more peace of mind in our walk with God. Besides silent prayer, we may pray with a few simple words of understanding. We can pray on all occasions in the Spirit (Eph 6:18). We can pray at all times, e.g., when riding a bus, taking a ship cruise, walking in the park, etc. Our bodies are God’s living temples, and the Holy Spirit intercedes for us on all occasions. Prayer is a Christian’s lifeline to resist Satan’s temptations. We cannot really live a healthy Christian life without any prayer life. Jesus’ three prayers in Gethsemane can be viewed as three lines of defense against the weakness of the flesh. Prayer helps us overcome the weaknesses of the flesh. So if we are watchful in our prayer life, we will ultimately have a complete victory in Christ!

Publisher: True Jesus Church