Weekly Devotional | September 20, 2018

A Call to Prayer
By Eldr. Lloyd Roberts

The words of Jesus came into my mind. The time was about 4 a.m. I was alone in the church, except …

My church was holding a Lenten 24-hour prayer vigil. I had volunteered for the early morning slot.

“Could you not keep watch with me?” Jesus asked sleepy disciples in Gethsemany.

The Lord’s challenge certainly resonates with anyone who has served in the military and stood guard. Sleepy, nodding disciples also present an image almost anyone finds familiar.

Protestant churches are often reluctant to organize specific prayer times or stated prayers. This desire for spontaneous, inspired communication with the Father leaves a question unanswered.

Just when should we pray?

Many find a prayer to begin the day appropriate. Others choose to report on their day to the Lord at bedtime.

Psalm 55:17 offers another schedule.

“Evening, and morning, and at noon will I pray, and cry aloud; and he shall hear my voice.”

Suggested times for prayer are noted in both Old and New Testament. If you are stumped on what to say, here is a suggestion on how to get started.

In the morning say, “The Lord’s Prayer.” At noon recite the 23 rd Psalm. In the evening (defined as any time after 3 p.m.) repeat Psalm 117.

Other subjects for spontaneous, undirected prayer are: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.

If you find yourself drifting away from Jesus, a prayer discipline is a wonderful way to change that direction.

If your church sets a prayer vigil, make certain to volunteer. In the stillness of the pre-dawn darkness, before the cock crow, you can prostrate yourself before the cross and listen for your master’s voice.


 

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