We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing.
We have seen that there are numerous hindrances to prayer, but is there a certain time to pray? What does the Word of God say about “When to Pray”?
Prayer before and after a crisis.
Jesus Christ prayed before all of the great crisis in His earthly life. He prayed before choosing the twelve disciples (Luke 6:12-13), and before His anointing with the Holy Spirit and His entrance upon His public ministry (Luke 3:21-22). He prayed before announcing to the twelve His approaching death and before the great consummation of His life on the cross (Luke 9:18-22 & 23:39-46). Jesus prepared for every important crisis by a season of prayer. If Jesus Christ, the Son of God, spent time in prayer to prepare for what was ahead, then how much more should we do the same! When any crisis of life is seen to be approaching, we should prepare for it by a season of very definite prayer to God.
That brings us to the question, how can we “see” what is still in the future? John 16:13 – Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. I don’t have the time here to go into seeing across the “light line”, but let’s just leave it as it is here in this verse: The Holy Ghost shall show you things to come. It is His part in telling you when the crisis will come, it is our part to hear Him speak and to listen to what He is speaking to us and then to act on it!
Jesus Christ prayed not only before the great events and victories of His life, but He also prayed after His great achievements and important crises. For an example: Matthew 14:23 & John 6:15. When He had fed the five thousand with the five loaves and two fishes, the multitude desired to take Him and make Him King. Having sent them away, He went up into the mountain to pray and spent hours there alone with God. It was this reason that He was able to go on from victory to victory.
If you were honest with yourself, wouldn’t you say you were more likely to pray before an event in your life than after the event? Don’t worry, most of us would. Praying after a crisis in our lives is just as important as praying before the crisis. If we don’t take time to thank God for empowering us to get through the crisis it will be easier for our flesh to think that we are the source instead of giving credit to God for the outcome.
Pastors Brad and Gavin and myself all agree on “When to Pray”, you pray as you are led by the Spirit of God to do so and you cannot be wrong.