New Believers Guide

Day 23: When to Pray

You can come to God at any time and have His full attention.

Have you ever needed something really badly from the store and found it closed? It used to be that many stores were closed on Sundays. If you needed something, you would just have to wait until Monday to get it. God is not like that. His ears are always open to hear what you have to say. The Bible says, "He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep." (Psalm 121:3-4). You can know that you can come to God at any time and have His full attention. And your prayers don’t have to be especially long. You can shoot up an "arrow" prayer to God anytime: "God I need your peace," or "Please comfort me right now." He loves you that much.

"Devote yourselves to prayer keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving." Colossians 4:2

"It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear." Isaiah 65:24

You Can Talk to God Anytime!

But how much should you pray? Should you pray every hour on the hour or just once a week? The Bible does not give a specific amount to pray. Instead, it tells us to pray continually. Paul said, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything, give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Does this mean you can’t ever sleep? No, no: Think of prayer like water. Health experts tell us to drink water continually. This doesn’t mean you have to drink water at all moments of the day; the point is to stay hydrated by frequently drinking water. It’s the same with prayer. You can keep spiritually hydrated by communicating with God throughout the day, telling Him your needs, asking him for guidance, and thanking Him for all of His many blessings. You can talk to Him at work, while you drive in the car, even when you are talking with other people! Practice close communication with God today and see the difference that it makes.

"Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, and He will hear my voice." Psalm 55:17

Day 24: Where to Pray

How often do you talk with God? Do you need help to develop a habit of talking with Him more often?

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