ERE YOU LEFT YOUR ROOM THIS MORNING
by Wayne S. Walker
“But to You I have cried out, O LORD, and in the morning my prayer comes before You” (Psalm 88:13). When should we pray? The fact is that there is never a bad time to pray. Some people limit their participation in prayer to church services (if they go), perhaps before meals (if they happen to think about it), and usually when they are in trouble (but they probably forget to thank the Lord afterwards if they get out of the trouble). However, prayer should be more than just a formal ritual during worship services and meal times or an insurance policy for difficult times. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17),
Of course, this does not mean that we must literally be praying 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It means that we should never cease or give up on prayer. It also means that we should be in a prayerful attitude at all times. And it means that we should pray often and regularly. Consider Jesus, our perfect example (1 Peter 2:21). There were times when He spent all night in prayer (Luke 6:12). There were other times when He rose very early in the morning to go and pray (Mark 1:35). If Jesus, the very Son of God, felt the need to “spend much time in prayer,” how much more important is it for us?
As I was growing up, my mother listened to a radio station which played a religious program from “Cadle’s Tabernacle” in Indianapolis, IN, at 6:00 every morning. When the radio alarm went off to wake us up and that program came on, the opening song was always, “Did You Think to Pray?” with its opening line, “Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray?” We often sang the song in church services too. It has always impressed me, so that I have determined, barring unforeseen circumstances, that after I awaken but before I get out of bed each day, I will go to my God in prayer, thank Him for the night’s rest, and ask His blessings during the day. It is one way of getting a little “quiet time” alone with the Lord. “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41).