Making Prayer Our Highest Priority

Psalm 55:16-17 
 “As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.” – David

When David finds himself and his city in distress he calls on God who has saved him countless times in the past. Evening, morning, and at noon, he cries out to God with a steadfast faith, knowing that his voice will be heard.

Troubling times require continuous seasons of prayer. Morning noon and evening sees David before his King The Lord of Hosts, in prayer. So dependent is David on God’s faithfulness to His Word, we see him at midnight thanking God for it; “At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws” (Psalm 119:62).

David begins his day, continues through the day and ends his day with God. I’ve always admired David’s tireless pursuit of God’s Presence, and his desire to see God’s favor resting on his city.  From sunrise to sunset in troubling times, the Spirit of prayer is on him imparting the grace to continue in pleadings, petitions, and praise until he hears from heaven. 

How often prayer in the church is given less importance and less time to its practice. Sadly, many ministries that don’t place a high priority on praying together, allow countless promises to go unclaimed and unknowingly forfeit the tangible results of answered prayers, how unfortunate for the communities they serve.

Thankfully, the greater part of the Church globally places a high priority on regularly praying privately and together. Following the prayer habits of Jesus and his apostles, believers today can approach prayer as a serious business, and more so in troublesome times.

Following the lifestyle laid out for us by the Church in Scripture, we too can follow them as they followed David who called on God around the clock. When we seek the Presence of God with fervor and persistence, we will experience a change of heart and regain a healthy reverential awe of His Glory.

Continual exposure to the Presence of God will revive any individual, family, and Church. Making prayer and God’s purpose our priority will no doubt unleash the power of His wisdom, mercy, and grace through His people who continue to serve for the welfare of our cities.

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