Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
In Everything by Prayer
Of all the books written by Paul, the Book of Philippians by far had the most mention of prayer in it. This has been called the Epistle (letter) of Joy. And no wonder this may have been Paul’s favorite church; they were so full of joy. Paul writes Philippians 4:6 as a command to be in prayer about everything, to let their prayer “requests be made known to God.” In the Greek, the word “everything” means just what it says: everything! To our big God, is anything too big? No. To God everything is small, so there is no prayer request too small. The Greek word “pas” means “each,” “any,” “every,” “all,” “the whole,” and “everything.” That about covers it all, doesn’t it? The only prayer not answered is the one not given.
In the Morning, Noon, and Evening
I try to start my day off with prayer. I do that before I do anything else. David must have felt the same importance about prayer because He started off the day in prayer and asked for God to hear his voice each morning (Psalm 5:3). Not only did David pray every morning, he made it a regular habit to cry out to God in prayer during the noontime and in the evening; so apparently there was not a time of the day or night that David didn’t pray (Psalm 55:17). The psalmist even rose before dawn to petition God in prayer (Psalm 119:147). The psalmist knew just how important prayer was, so much so that he prayed before dawn, in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. When’s the best time to pray or talk to God? Any time! Even Jesus made it His custom to pray early in the morning, even when it was still dark (Mark 1:35).
What Time Do You Talk to God?
Really, prayer is simply talking to God. We can do this at any time of the day or night. There is no time when God is not listening, for He never sleeps, nor does He ever slumber (Psalm 121:3-4). Paul and Silas were praying in jail one time at midnight when all of the jail doors flung open (Acts 16:25-26). So there is not a time when we should not be praying to God. When is the best time to talk to God in prayer? Whenever you need Him!
A Closing Prayer
Righteous Father, even as I write this, I am praying because I want others to know that You hear and answer them at any time and in any place. What a privilege that I can pour out my heart to You whenever I need to talk with You. For that I thank You, oh Lord my God. In Jesus’ name I pray.
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