If there is anything that I battle with in my walk with the Lord is not praying as I go, but taking time to pray that is alone time with God. This was so much a part of the Jewish culture as we see has become a pattern with traditional Jews who stop each day and pray, three times a day. Daniel was such a great model, and Paul would never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17). The woman with the unjust judge was persistent (Luke 18:1-8) and it is her persistence that provided a great result. This act of dependence on God is a powerful statement of trust in His grace and love for us.

Prayer is such a great privilege. To go before the throne of God’s grace with Christ at the right hand of the Father is a blessing we must never take for granted. When we approach God we must always bear in mind that He is “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  (Matthew 6:9-10). Our pray must fit within the will of our Father because He and He alone know what is best for us. Even though we may not feel He understands we must remember to be “…..of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.” (1 Peter 4:7; NASU) 

“A rather lazy student noticed that a fellow student always recited her lessons well, so he said to her, “How is it that you always say your lesson so perfectly?” She replied, “I always pray that I may say my lessons well.” “Do you?” said the boy somewhat surprised. “Well, then, I will pray, too.” However, the next morning he could not even repeat a word of his assigned lesson. Perplexed, he ran to his friend and reproached her as deceitful. “I prayed,” said he, “but I could not say a single word of my lesson.” “Perhaps,” rejoined the other, “you didn’t study hard enough!” “I didn’t study at all,” answered the boy. “I thought I didn’t have to study after praying about it.” (from Illustrations of Bible Truths Copyright © 1995, 1998 by AMG International, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.) Abiding in His Word gets prayers answered (John 15:7-10).

Just like when a child asks a parent for something the parent answers based on what is best for the child and the family. The more the child understands the parents the easier the process becomes. The Lord’s Prayer ends this way; “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen’ (Matthew 6:13b). Take advantage of our access to God’s throne but remember God knows everything and has our best interest at heart (Hebrews 4:16). There is nothing we will say that He did not know thousands of years before we prayed, so trust Him and persistently pray.

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