Time Out!

file000640756889It is interesting to listen to managers who drive every day. The managers I talk with have learned to use drive time as their quiet time with God. Driving to the store, they commit the day into God’s hands, and driving home they leave the issues of the day in God’s hands.

It is not easy to find a good time to pray. In fact, a “good” time will not just happen. Quiet time with God in prayer is planned.

David in the Old Testament prayed three times a day: “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:17). He also meditated on his bed at night: “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.” (Psalm 63:6)

Daniel prayed three times a day: “…he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God…” (Daniel 6:10).

Jesus the Son of God had a planned prayer time: “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

Life can be stressful and filled with anxiety. Life can be filled with unexpected challenges and roadblocks. So how do we handle life? With prayer!

Prayer is drawing close to God.

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8)

Prayer is seeking after God.

And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer.” (Daniel 9:3)

Driving, walking, sitting, standing—it does not matter how. Morning, afternoon, or evening—it doesn’t matter when.  The important thing is that we pray and spend time with God.

I pray this week you will find strength, direction, and peace as you seek God in prayer.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your mercy and grace. We ask that You will teach us how to pray (Luke 11:1). Help us to understand the value of prayer and that without You we can do nothing (John 15:5). Help us be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our requests be made known unto You (Philippians 4:6). In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

 

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