Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Praying for One Hour
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Our Pastor had requested
volunteers to sign up for an hour of prayer, so that our church would be
praying every hour around the clock.We
were asked to commit for one week.
I was only a teenager, and my
prayers were for the most part, over my food, and at night naming all my family
for God to bless.
My friend Elizabeth, who was
a couple years older then me, suggested that we split an hour and each pray for
half an hour.That sounded simple and
reasonable to me, so I said “Yes, how about the seven to eight in the
So it was that we signed up
to pray for half an hour daily, for the entire week.
Seven O’clock came around and
I retreated to my bedroom.Setting my
clock on my dresser, I began.
Time passed, and I opened my
eyes, because surely my half hour must be up!NO only five minutes had gone by.Wondering to myself, I questioned how was I ever going to be able to do
Enlarge my vision was the
answer.I began to pray for the
President, for Congressmen, Senators, Governors, the local mayor, the police
department and other governments.
Protection for our missionaries
and their ministry came into view; my own pastor and each Sunday school
teacher, and the leaders in my church.Then I began to pray for my school teachersthat they might have wisdom in teaching
By tomorrow, I knew that I
might need some actual names instead of a blanket prayer.
It took some doing, but by
the end of that week, I had been faithful to the assignment.
I haven’t prayed for an
entire hour for some time, but this is my daily practice.I seek to Commune with God all during the
day; zoning my thoughts on His word and presence.
As someone comes to mind, I
shoot up a prayer for them.Paul calls
this praying without ceasing.
If someone is facing surgery, I pray that the surgeon will have skillful hands and that healing will be quick and without any problems.
At night, I again lift up
those, mentioning names and their needs.
I am reminded when Jesus said,
“Could you not pray with me for one hour.”
There may yet be times that
we will want to, and need to pick up this challenge and set aside an entire
hour, or more for prayer.
My suggestion is that we do
not get into bondage, and lay a guilt trip upon ourselves because we may not
always pray one hour.