Chaplain’s Column: A Daily Habit of Prayer
Scripture: Psalms 4:4
In Psalm 4:4 of the Bible says to “Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still.” We may ask, How can we develop the habit of prayer just like Jesus did and experience God’s power in our life? If we look at two practical ways to develop a praying heart: keep the prayer simple and knowing when to pray.
How we begin the day and how you end the day determines how everything else in between goes. The Bible encourages us to begin our day with prayer. In Psalm 5:3, David said, “In the morning, O Lord, you will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” David began his day in prayer. But notice also that David ended his day in prayer. Look at Psalm 4:4–5. David said, “Tremble, and do not sin; meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the Lord.” I’m going to make my last activity at night praying to God, confessing my sins, and asking for His blessing in my life. I’m going to make my bed an altar of righteousness.” Isn’t that a great thought? Your bed can actually be an altar from which you offer up sacrifices of righteousness to God. How you begin the day and how you end the day determines how you spend the rest of the day.
In the morning before we get out of bed we could take a few moments and talk to our heavenly Father. Ask Him for His favor throughout the day. Ask for protection for your family. Ask for wisdom in the decisions you make. And before you drift off to sleep at night, make your final thoughts a prayer to God, reviewing the day with Him, confessing anything you wish you had done differently, asking for His protection through the night. Pray for someone you may know who is in need of Salvation.
I once heard someone say Prayer is like breathing. You’ll find the more that you pray, the more you’ll want to pray. When we read our Bible and meditate in prayer, we get closer to God. Then we can learn more about God’s will for our lives. We learn that prayer really does make a difference in our lives.
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