“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Early Christians and Prayer

(Please read Acts 2:42)

May 1

Constant prayer was a custom of the very early Christians. Many of them carried on their prior habit of praying three times a day, sometimes in the temple and sometimes elsewhere.

They prayed before every major undertaking, such as when men were appointed over certain matters (possibly as deacons), when elders were appointed, when Saul and Barnabas were sent on a missionary journey, and when Paul left various mission points.

And they prayed during calamities: When Peter was in prison, fellow Christians gathered at a home and prayed. When Paul and Silas were in prison in Philippi, they prayed.

Like those good people, we also need to pray. We limit God if we fail to pray as we should. The blessings God offers through prayer are virtually unlimited (see Matthew 7:7-11; 21:22; and James 4:2). We should partake lovingly of those blessings.

It is our good fortune also that prayer is not limited by time or place. We can pray silently or aloud, by ourselves, as families, with friends, as congregations, at home, in the hospital, at work – anywhere. Don’t worry, God can find you and hear your prayer wherever you are. So today be sure to take time to offer heartfelt prayer; your Father will be glad to hear from you.

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