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What Time is the Right Time to Pray?

There are over 200 prayers by many folks about many things scattered throughout the Bible. But, more prayers are credited to David than any other person in the Bible. He was the shepherd boy who killed Goliath and was also a king, chosen by God. His prayers are heartfelt conversations with the God that David served and loved.

 King David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). This was not because he was perfect or his prayers better than others. David lusted, committed adultery, arranged a murder and had a child out of wedlock. He pleased God’s heart, however, because he was constantly in touch with and seeking God—through prayer.
So, when should we pray?
David didn’t have a schedule. He prayed in the morning (Psalm 5:3), in the evening (Psalm 4:4, Psalm 4:8) and whenever he was angry, joyful or his heart needed comfort (Psalm 5:1-2).
We can have a prayer life like David’s. Each morning, praise our Creator for the blessings He has given us, including a new day. Listen quietly inviting God to make our prayer time a conversation. Present each request for the moment throughout the day (Philippians 4:6).
At night, thank Him for being present through each circumstance and for allowing us to speak directly to Him. When we start and end our day in conversation with God, “Then, the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). We will be able to sleep peacefully at night, and have everything we need for each day. 
Prayer isn’t ruled by the clock but by our desire to connect with God. 


  • How does praying in the morning change how you approach the day?
  • How does praying in the evening prepare you for the next day?
  • What is one step you need to take today to make your prayer life more of a conversation with God than a timed ritual? 

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