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

Psalm 5:3

“The Inmost Temple of Religion”

(Please read Philippians 4:4-7)

February 20

A great preacher and Bible scholar of yesteryear, Alexander Campbell, once wrote that prayer “is the sanctum sanctorum, the holy of holies, the inmost temple of religion.” Later he added, “Wherever there is much faith, there will be much prayer; and little faith, little prayer.” These ideas should at least prompt some vigorous self-examination by all of us with regard to our prayer life.

When we pray, we need to remember that we are in the presence, in a special way, of our very Creator, whose grandeur, far beyond our ability to begin to imagine, is in deep contrast to the frailness inherent in the human condition. We are offering our praise, thanksgiving and requests, and promising total submission to the wisdom, love and mercy of the eternal Father from whom all blessings flow.

When should we pray? The exhortation in our text for prayer “in everything” suggests that prayer is not limited to certain times and places but is in our hearts continually during a day’s activities. Indeed, Paul himself put it that way in another letter; “Pray continually,” he wrote (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

And before you go forth to the needs, problems and joys of the day, why not sing a song (which is prayer set to music)? We suggest “Hear Me When I Call” as a good song to carry in your heart throughout this fine day.

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