Let’s talk about what time of day we pray. Do you pray in the morning when you first wake up, or do you pray before you go to bed? Or maybe you pray in the middle of the day when you need that extra boost to get through the day.
Is there a right time to pray during the day? Does the time of the day we pray make a difference?
These are all great questions, and my answer to you is that it depends. In the bible we see accounts of Jesus praying at both times during the day:
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Luke 6:12
In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35
The answer to “when is the best time to pray” is that it depends on you! However you will be able to make prayer a daily habit is when you should set aside time to pray.
In addition to praying in a formal setting, we are also called to “pray continually” which means that through our thoughts, throughout the day we can also turn to prayer. The more in tune we are with the Holy Spirit to more we will feel called to pray.
Praying isn’t something we do, it is something we offer up to God.
When we are called to intercede (pray for others) God places that person heavy on our heart. Has there ever been a time when God has woke you up in the middle of the night to pray?
Interestingly enough, there is biblical evidence of being woken up during the 3:00 hour, also know as the “fourth watch” (sourch globalwatch.com).
- Jacob wrestled with God and met Him face to face just before entering into his destiny as Israel. Genesis 32:22-31
- Moses led the Israelites across the Red Sea Exodus 14:25-26
- Gideon defeated the Midianites (middle watch), Judges 7:19-24
- Peter and Jesus walk on water, Matthew 14:25-26
- The angels appear to the shepherds in the field to announce the birth of the savior. Luke 2:8-14
- Jesus is resurrected from the dead, Matthew 28:1
- The bridegroom woes His bride in the night hours, Song of Solomon, Matthew 25:1-13
There is much to be said about turning over in your bed during this time of night. I urge you to take note of the importance of prayer during this time and instead of checking your phone, or rolling over immediately to go back to sleep, pray for the person that first comes to mind.