“ Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him ” (Luke 22:39).
Today, I would like to tell you about the importance of having customs in a prayer life. As you read it, this portion of scripture from Luke shows us that the Lord Jesus had a prayer custom He lived by: it is important that you imitate Him!
Setting up a prayer custom is establishing for yourself a prayer habit, a discipline, a rule of prayer that you decide to live by. This does not mean that apart from the prayer time scheduled in your agenda, you cannot pray. “Pray without ceasing,” says the Lord in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. But having a prayer custom makes it possible to maintain a constant prayer life, whatever the circumstances. For example, Daniel had established his custom of praying to his God three times a day, despite the royal decree not to pray to any god or man except King Darius (Daniel 6:10).
You can establish various types of customs in your prayer life: the custom of praying before sunrise or preceding the dawn, as I told you last week (the Lord Jesus rose at dawn to seek the face of God, as Mark 1:35 tells us); the custom of having personal one-to-one all-nights with God, at given periods. You can also establish your fasting habit at a specific and regular time. You can also decree on your own as a custom to make your house a house of prayer (Luke 19:46). This will lead you, for example, to have regular times of prayer and sharing the Word of God with your household.
Another custom I urge you to have is the custom of going to church regularly. The Lord Jesus regularly went to the temple or synagogue and several passages in the Bible prove it (Matthew 21:23; Luke 19:47; Mark 11:27, etc.) Paul used to go to the synagogue and he did not waive this rule, even when he went to another region (Acts 17:1-2). If you are in a city where there is no church corresponding to your Christian faith, do not hesitate to connect to an online service, if possible. And have your service, as if you were present in the temple, following with reverence all the steps (praise, worship, time to listen to the Word, offerings, announcements, etc.), without any distraction.
Therefore Beloved, if you do not have a custom of prayer, resolve to have one and to live by it. What you decide on will be done, says the Bible in Job 22:28. Be reassured, the Lord will honour every one of these appointments!
May God bless you Beloved
“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”
Job 22:28 (NIV)
“What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways.”
“Therefore, King Darius signed the written decree. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.”
“(…) It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ And He was teaching daily in the temple (…)”
“Now when they (Paul and Silas) had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures.”
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