When Should We Pray? - Insights from Bill Bright - Nov. 25
When Should We Pray?
My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you (Isaiah 26:9).
God's Word commands us to "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17, KJV), demonstrating our devotion to God as we go about our daily tasks in prayer.
Charles Spurgeon said, "Prayer pulls the rope down below, and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly; others give only an occasional jerk at the rope. But he who communicates with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously with all his might."
I have found it meaningful to begin every morning in prayer. As I get out of bed, I fall on my knees to worship Him. Throughout the day, I focus my thoughts on the Lord, often talking to Him, praising Him, and thanking Him for His goodness, love, and grace on my behalf. I pray for wisdom, for the salvation of friends and strangers, the healing of the sick, and the needs of Campus Crusade for Christ and other ministries. I ask Him to seek and to save the lost through me.
In the evening I ask, "Lord, is there anything in me that is displeasing to you, anything I need to confess?" If the Holy Spirit reveals any sins or weaknesses, I confess them and claim by faith God's victory for my life. I then like to spend time reading and meditating on God's Word so that my subconscious thoughts are on the Lord Jesus all during the night.
It is not always necessary to be on our knees, or even in a quiet room to pray. God wants us to be in touch with Him constantly wherever we are. We can pray in the car, while washing the dishes, or while walking down the street. We can always commune with Him in the prayer closet of our heart. We always "dwell in the secret place of the Most High" (Psalm 91:1 KJV).
The more frequently we share our thoughts and desires with our Lord, the more meaningful our fellowship with Him and the closer we come to Him.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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