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When Do You Pray?

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You ever watch Happy Days? I remember one episode when Fonzie prayed. Richie had been injured, and lies in a coma in the hospital. The Fonz speaks to God. This section is in the Youtube video below beginning at 6:20.

Hey uhh, Sir? We gotta have a little chat here. It’s about my best friend Richie. He’s in really bad shape. I know you know that, but the world’s kinda goin’ a little wacko, ya know? [breaking up] Ya need people down here like him, and if you don’t, I do!
[breaks up even more] I can fix alot of things but um, this one’s all yours …

Even as a kid, that prayer reduced me to tears. As a believer, I understand the depth of joy the Father has when someone who doesn’t know Him surrenders to Him, conscious of his own weaknesses.

But is during an emergency the only time we pray? And if God knows all of our needs, do we even have to talk to Him about them?

I think the biggest thing to remember about prayer is, like so many of the things the Bible instructs us to do, it is for our benefit, not God’s. He doesn’t need us to tell Him what is going on down here; He is here with us. He initiated prayer as an opportunity for us to communicate with Him, to experience the Father relationship He wants to have with us.

When we make talking to our Father a regular event, or better a constant attitude, we enjoy a deepening relationship with Him. It’s why Jesus spoke about prayer so often and gave specific examples of how to pray and how not to pray.

We’re not supposed to:

  • Constantly repeat words over and over. Matthew 6:7
  • Only pray “in tongues.” 1 Corinthians 14:14-15
  • Pray to impress the ones around us. Matthew 6:5

Instead, we’re supposed to pray without ceasing. I think that means to engage God often, acknowledging Him asPrayer, like so many other instructions from The Bible, is for our benefit. an ever-present companion, because He is! We’re also supposed to pray when we’re worried or upset about something. That isn’t the only time we should draw near to God, but He is definitely the source of our peace and strength when “sorrows like sea-billows roll.”

Prayer defines our place as desperately loved, but hopelessly helpless in the face of our need. It exalts God’s power to make changes that human hands and minds can’t make. It establishes Him as a strong tower where we can find safety in the middle of storms. Just the act of bowing our spirits before Almighty God puts us in a place of submission where He longs to work on our behalf.

My suggestions:

  • Wake up with a prayer or praise on your mind.
  • Set aside an early time of prayer with Him.
  • Talk to Him silently or aloud throughout the day as you think of things you’d like to say to Him or ask of Him.
  • Spend a few minutes reflecting on His presence through your day. Thank Him and, if necessary, repent. (Oops!)

Your turn: What habits of prayer do you have and how has your prayer life strengthened your relationship with God?

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

7 thoughts on “When Do You Pray?

  1. Too old to have been interested in Happy Days, but I’m somewhat aware of the show.

    My main prayer time is the first 30-45 minutes after I wake in the mornings. That’s when I do all my regular asking and interceding. But I try to remain in sort of an attitude of prayer the rest of the time and particularly to be ready to lift up any person or occasions as needs arise during the day.

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    • Awesome inspiration, David. Not being a natural morning person, my whole attitude flounders when I let the day get on top of me. But I do find that I can set that attitude of prayer even when I fail in my attempts have a long quiet time. Makes a difference!

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  2. Love this. I remember that episode. Great advice

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  3. Loved Happy Days! I remember that episode too, Marji. I try to make my waking and turning in prayer the same: Thank you, Lord, for this day. I try to spend a few minutes praying in the morning, before my brain starts taking off in helter-skelter directions and/or my family starts getting up. I also often speak to God as if he’s there. Maybe I shouldn’t share this, but I yell out my frustrations to Him, too. I figure Jesus knew anger so God will understand mine.

    Nice post. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • Oh, I’m right there with you, Joanna. He’s the One I can complain to about what someone did. “Did You see that?” Yet He also heals my hurt and anger and reminds me (gently, thankfully) that He loves them, too. And if He can forgive me, I can sure forgive them.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      • My pleasure! God gives me what I need when I need it, and your post fit that bill! Thanx again 🙂

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