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The Time To Pray Is Now

Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)

It’s time to come to the place where we have had to stop telling people, “I’ll pray for you.”

You and I simply know that despite our good intentions — and these promises are almost always spoken with good intent — nine times out of ten we just don’t remember to follow through. Not until maybe a week or two later, and then we feel guilty that we forgot. It is no good promising something you probably won’t live up to.

You know how these stories go: Someone you care about tells you of their pain, need, or struggle, and you respond with, “Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that; I’ll pray for you.” But then, most of the time, we never do.

If all the prayers that were promised were actually prayed, this would be a different world by now.

So instead of promising future prayer, stop right there in the moment, and pray. Right then and there. It’s funny how many Christians this actually throws off guard.

“You mean, right now?”

“Yes — absolutely. Let’s pray.”

In the restaurant, in the car, on the plane, wherever. If it’s a text or e-mail request, start praying as you type the response, typing out a prayer for them right then and there. Not only does it help you follow through, but it helps them to agree right along with what you have prayed, and agreement is mighty powerful, as we know.

The truth is, there is no “later.”

Now is the time to pray, for now is all we really have.

Whatever the need — guidance, direction, encouragement, healing, protection; the cancelled flight, the report from the doctor, the tension in relationship — this is the place to start. Invite Jesus right into the heart of it all, right there, in the moment. “Jesus, come into this — we invite You into this.”

It’s a brilliant ploy of the enemy — keep God’s people talking about it, debating, conjecturing, worrying over it, speculating, so they never really get around to praying.

By all means, pray when you have time and space to devote yourself to it, time to truly seek God. But pray now too — because you don’t know that you will get to it later.

PRAYER CONFESSION
Dear Lord Jesus, I invite you right now to take over the governance in the nations of the earth especially Nigeria.
I ask for your mercy and the restoration of our economic fortunes as a nation.
May the heart of our leaders be turned to you the true God. May the desires of the people be towards you. May your peace reign over this land now and always. Amen.

(Adapted from Moving Mountains by John Eldredge, copyright John Eldredge, 2016. Published by Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson.)