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Prayer is the means by which we can communicate with, and have communion with, God. Prayer is the means by which we can find a covering for our sins. It is indispensable, therefore, to the believer.

Sporadic prayer is not sufficient for the urgent and recurring needs of today. The tendency to evil is with us always, and if we are not to succumb repeatedly to its power, God must always be with us too. Prayer and evil cannot live together; if one is present, the other must die. Obviously then it is not enough to call God into a situation where our own ingenuity has failed us, or where we feel particular need of comfort; we must so order our life that we are constantly in touch with God throughout our waking hours.

Our first waking thought shall be of our Heavenly Father, our first impulse shall be to worship Him, and our first action will be to bow before Him in prayer. We shall be moved to acknowledge His majesty, His wisdom and His goodness. We shall confess our need of Him and ask for His promised protection, guidance, and help through an approaching day. We shall remember before Him His promise never to leave or forsake us, and the assurance of His Son to be with us always.

To begin our day with God in this manner is to begin victoriously. We have the confidence, even before we meet the problems of the day, that "everything that will happen will fit into a pattern for good." We shall begin to know the power and tranquility of the promise: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee... yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." When we ask God to take this early initiative each day, the power of evil will be given little encouragement.

But worship does not end with morning prayers; few of us would be so bold as to say that our early communion with God will sustain us in our struggles with the demands, the temptations and the problems of even the twelve hours that follow it. And yet most of us must confess that all too often our brief moments with God in the morning are followed by hours of forgetfulness. However busy we may be, we shall have opportunities of recollection; sudden temptation will bring a silent cry for help; consciousness of the need or sorrow of a friend will evoke our unspoken intercession. And to the discerning eye there will be so many sights which will be a source of thanksgiving. So amid the worry of the day's business with all its confusing noise, we shall be able to turn aside and find inner quietness and strength in the presence of God.

And when the day is over we can bow before Him once more in the confidence that He is waiting to meet with us, more ready to hear than we are to speak. We shall rejoice in the certainty that He is offering us His blessing and fellowship in spite of our failures. We shall have sins to confess and forgiveness to seek in the name of His Son. There will be much to thank our Father for, so many to pray for, and a glorious hope to acknowledge gratefully. And thus refreshed we can lie down, knowing the peace of sins forgiven and the joy of a life surrendered to the grace of God.




1. At all times: Eph 6:18.
2. Because of the adversary.
3. "You don't have because you don't ask": Jam 4:2.
4. Apostles re prayer: Act 6:4; Rom 1:9; Eph 1:15,16; Col 1:9; 1Th 3:10; 2Ti 1:3.
5. Importance to Jesus: Mar 1:35; Luk 6:12; Joh 17.
6. Christ's intercession: Heb 7:25.
7. To obtain mercy and grace: Heb 4:16; Luk 18:1.
8. To obtain fullness of joy: Joh 16:24.
9. Freedom from anxiety: Phi 4:6,7.
10. To remove pressure of this life: Luk 21:34,36.


1. Promotes spiritual growth: Psa 139:3,4; Psa 51:12; Jam 1:5.
2. Brings power to bear.
3. Avails to convert others.
4. Brings ecclesial blessings.


Talk to God, with ceasing, intensely: Luk 22:44; Heb 5:7; Rom 15:30.
United prayer: Mat 18:19; Act 12:5.

* OBEDIENCE, TRUTH NEEDED: 1Jo 3:22; Psa 145:18.

* IN CHRIST'S NAME: 1Jo 5:14,15.

* IN FAITH: Mar 11:24; Rom 10:17.

Always pray: Luk 11:5-8; 18:1-8.
Abide in Christ: Joh 15:7.

* THANKSGIVING: Phi 4:6; Luk 17:16.

* FOR SPECIAL EFFORTS: Act 1:14; 2:42.


1. Asking amiss: Jam 4:3.
2. Your sins: Isa 59:2.
3. Ignoring others: Pro 21:13.
4. Stopping ears: Luk 6:38.
5. Lack of forgiveness: Luk 6:38.
6. Wrong relations: 1Pe 3:7.
7. Doubting: Jam 5:7.


1. All night: Luk 6:12; Mar 1:35.
2. Before crisis: Luk 6:12,13; 9:18; 3:21; Mar 1:35; Luk 22:39.
3. After achievements: Mat 14:23; Joh 6:15.
4. When busy: Luk 5:15,16.
5. Before temptation: Mat 26:36.
6. At all times: 1Th 5:17; Eph 6:18.

* PRAYER FOR OTHERS: Jam 5:16; 2Th 3:1; Eph 6:17,18; 1Ti 2:1; Gen 18:23-32; Job 42:10.

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