QAWhat 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!