Paul says in I Thessalonians 5:17 to, “Pray without ceasing”, to, “Give thanks in all circumstances” in I Thessalonians 5:18 and in I Timothy 2:1-2 to, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”
So how many minutes do you pray daily? What about prayers for those who persecute you [Matt 5:44], your family, etc. You have 60 minutes of prayer time in that list alone.
The bottom line is the Lord has given us the gift of prayer and in fact that is the fruit of our salvation: Immanuel God with us. Prayer is acknowledging that God is with us. He purchased your ability to come to Him in prayer with the blood of His Son our High Priest. Did you know under the Law of Moses only the high priest could come before God and that was once a year [Hebrews 9:7].
Yet we’ve been given the opportunity to pray without ceasing.
All Christians should be people of prayer. Why did Jesus overturn the money changers at the Temple? He said the Temple was a place of prayer for people of all nations [Mark 11:17].
More so for Gospel ministers. Peter says in Acts 6:4 when he establishes the role of deacons by appointing Stephen and the others to serve the people and he about the Apostles as he sets them apart, “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
You must be a man of prayer if you are going to open a Bible and preach before other men. The Bible does not give us the license to not be men of prayer. To that end ask yourself, “How many minutes do you pray daily?” Set a goal of at least 60 minutes. Once you set the goal search the Scriptures for verses on prayer. Then find a quiet place to sit or lie down to pray before the Lord.
What can you do to fill the time:
#1 Make a list of ministry and family items to pray for and begin to pray.
#2 Get on your knees and pray aloud over Scripture.
#3 Listen to Lord’s voice as you pray.
Remember Paul says in I Corinthians 2:4-5, “and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God” and in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “ 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ..”
In other words Gospel work is a spiritual work and the power of that work is prayer.
Set a goal today of praying for 60 minutes daily.