Time to Pray

Ecclesiastes 3:8

a time for war and a time for peace.

Time is very significant factor to love, hate, war and peace even among Christian communities. We may expect love and peace in the church but hate and war cannot be overlooked. Why? Apostle Paul testified in Romans 7:22-25, 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

 Through prayer, we seek the Lord’s deliverance from the temptation of sin. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

  The disciples were so tired, and the peaceful night tempted them to sleep. They did not expect the saying, “Calm before the storm,” may happen. Jesus was arrested, and the disciples gave in to the temptation of abandoning Him. Those temptations that the disciples had fallen into proved that prayer is very significant spiritual discipline for Christ’s disciples. Moreover, when the Lord warns, undesirable incident is about to happen. Pray also for one another.

Someone wrote that when a church engages in prayer for one another, it eases the anger, hurt and despair and helps us better understand the actions of the people that we are praying for. You will not despise people you understand. You will not be hurt by people you understand. If you are unwilling to pray for someone in your church to be blessed, then you are the one with a bitter spirit. You cannot be full of bitterness toward a sister or brother and full of the Holy Spirit at the same time. Prayer drives out compromise. Prayer drives out carnality. Prayer drives out confusion. Prayer drives out foolishness. Prayer puts you in line with God’s will. When Jesus knew it was time for Him to go to the cross, what did He do? He prayed.

Lord Jesus, help us to spend more time in prayer.

<‘)))>< ltsii/2018 ><(((‘>

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