Morning Devotion: Questions and Answers

Question: Should I pray? Answer: Yes

Prayer is essential in the believer’s life. It is the believer speaking with God, speaking with his loving and kind Saviour.

You as a believer are a child of the King and as such God is very interested in your prayers. He wants you to trust Him and He wants you to bring your cares to Him.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Prayer is communication with God, it is a part of your walk with God. Every believer should have a scheduled personal time of prayer with the Lord. We find in Daniel 6:10 that he had a habit of prayer.

Daniel 6:10  Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

David prayed every morning. Psalms 5:3  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Mark 1:35  And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Prayer should also be continual. 1 Thessalonians 5:16  ¶Rejoice evermore.

17  Pray without ceasing. 18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Prayer is that special personal time with you and God. Prayer is the time that your relationship with God is strengthened whereby you are encouraged. After prayer, I have a great sense of calm and joy and am encouraged knowing God has heard and God cares for me.

There is a certain joy in prayer. John 16:24  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Prayer is asking:  Luke 11:9  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

I find is sad that most people don not know how to pray. Most pray what they think is the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13.

The real Lord’s prayer is John chapter 17. John 17:1  ¶These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: (Read the rest of chapter 17 and know the real Lord’s prayer. Find out what Jesus prayed about you.)

Prayer is a vital communication process that exist between you and your loving Savior. How would you feel if every time your friend or spouse spoke to you, they said the same thing? No, my friend, prayer is seeking the presence and face of God in personal dialog.

Matthew 6:7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Prayer is letting God know your fears, your joys, and your concerns. Prayer is many times on the behalf of others and their welfare. We often pray for those who are not saved that God would save them. We pray God would send the gospel and or someone to share the truth with people so they can be saved.

Prayer should be made according to the will of God.

1 John 5:14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

John 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

We know that God wants all men to be saved, so we pray that way. 2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

What about you, are you a praying person? Have you placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior? Romans 10:9-10

My Christian friend, do you spend time with the Lord in prayer?

One person asked a preacher: What is more important, prayer or reading the bible? The old preacher responded; What is more important, breathing in or breathing out?

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook