The Bible gives us countless examples of prayer, and of when to pray. God has a plan for every day, and His word tells of how important the morning hours are with regard to prayer, even showing how Jesus himself rose up early to pray to His Heavenly Father: “and in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” And in Psalm 5:3, David says, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” Here, David makes God Lord over his day! Following David’s example, we must learn to seek God, especially early in the morning, that He may be Lord over our day.
God has given a host of heavenly angels to us, for us. There are countless numbers, and they work on our behalf. They are given instructions to watch over, protect and guide us, as told in Psalm 91:11-12: “For he shall give his angels charge (command) over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” God has set aside the morning hours to give His commands or assisgnements to our angels, and they report to Him our lives from the previous day. In Genesis 28:10, Jacob, gives a beautiful account of a dream he had of “a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” The angels were going UP first, from earth to God, to receive their assignments from Him, then coming back DOWN to carry out their charges.
Why and How to Pray
The Bible tells us in James 5:16 to “Confess your faults (weaknesses, mistakes, failings, imperfections) one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed. The effectual (prayer of faith) fervent (heartfelt, zealous, empassioned, consistent, persistent) prayer of a righteous (right standing with God) man availeth much.” In other words, we must pray passionately, by and with faith, and with hearts clean of anger and contention so that our prayers are dynamic and powerful. Proverbs 15:29 says, “The Lord is far from the wicked: But he heareth the prayer of the righteous.” And when we pray in faith, we know that God is working on our behalf, no matter what the situation or circumstances look like. My favorite scripture in reference this is Philippians 4:6-7: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication (petition, definite request) with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (v. 6). And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (v. 7).” To put it plainly, don’t worry about anything! Give it to God in prayer and leave it with Him. He will take care of it, but we must stand on His word and believe that He will.
Praying people are God’s agents in the earth. We are His instruments. And God tells us in Matthew 21:22, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Continued