E-Bulletin by Rev. Brian Allenby Christians at Work
‘We hope that you have a blessed and restful Easter’
Saturday 26th March 2016
How Often Should We Pray?
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. — Ephesians 6:18
‘They stand best who kneel most’
How is your prayer life? Is prayer a central and significant part of your life, or is it something you only do when you are with other believers? Is prayer a daily discipline for you, or do you mainly pray when you get in trouble? Do you pray when you are home alone, or do you find that you only pray and worship the Lord when you go to be with the church, or are in the presence of other worshipping and praying people?
To pray regularly requires discipline. Unfortunately, most people are “on-again, off-again” when it comes to prayer. They are faithful for a while, but then they fall out of prayer because they are too tired to get up early, or they become distracted by other things.
But, how often are we supposed to pray? Ephesians 6:18 gives us the answer! It says, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
The word “always” is taken from the Greek phrase ?en panti kairœ?. The word ?en ?would be better translated at. The word ?panti ?means each and every. You could say that this word ?panti ?is an all-encompassing word that embraces everything, including the smallest and most minute of details. The last word in this Greek phrase is the word ?kairos?, the Greek word for times or seasons. When all three of these words are used together in one phrase (?en panti kairœ?) as in Ephesians 6:18, they could be more accurately translated at each and every occasion.
Ephesians 6:18 conveys this idea:
“Pray anytime there’s an opportunity — no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Use every occasion, every season, every possible moment to pray….”
This clearly tells us that prayer is not optional for the Christian who is serious about his or her spiritual life. According to this scripture, believers are to make prayer a top priority. Yet, unfortunately, prayer is largely disregarded by the average Christian today.
If prayer isn’t a priority in your life right now, why not make it a priority, starting today? You might say, “But I don’t have time to pray.” You have time to do whatever you really want to do. If it’s truly in your heart to pray, you can find the time. And, if your schedule is as busy as you think it is, take Ephesians 6:18 to heart. Grab any available time you can find, and make it your prayer time. Why not start this day right? Make a quality decision to make prayer your first order of business! Easter is a good time to set yourself right in these matters.
I like the way Paul put the same sentiment over in his letter to the Thessalonian Church, especially the way in which the New Living Translation expresses it, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19:
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.
Thoughts aimed towards heaven turn to prayers-He knows our thoughts! Hence we do not need even set times but they are also vital. You can snack all day but set meals are basic!-JK