“Evening and morning and at noon I will pray and cry aloud and He shall hear my voice” (Psalm 55:17).
King David had three important prayer times. He was the one to run the government responsibly. He was the one to plan and take decisions over numerous battles. But he allocated time to pray three times every day. When it is so, how is that you alone could not find time to pray?
Notice how David points his prayer time as evening, morning and noon. His first choice is the evening time and places it as first. Generally, we use to mention as morning noon and the evening. Why did David prefer the evening time as the first? The reason is that it is the evening time in which he fell into the terrible sin. Bible says: “Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof, he saw a woman bathing and the woman was very beautiful to behold” (II Samuel 11:2). At that time the spirit of lust attacked his heart. He involved in adultery. Subsequently, her husband was killed and several curses arrived.
So, from that day, he chose the evening time as his prime time to pray in order to get away from all such sins. You also will escape to all lust and tests if you keep the evening as your sweet praying time. The disciples who went to Emmaus wanted the presence of God to stay with them in that evening and hence said: “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent” (Luke 24:29).
Whichever may be your time of prayer, God is eager to listen to your prayer. Let it be evening, night or morning, His ears are open to listening to your prayer. David names God as ‘You who hear prayer.’ (Psalm 65:2). So, pray with hope that there is going to be a definite answer to your prayer.
George Muller says “I have received the answer for several thousands of prayers. I will pray in the morning; in the evening too; I will kneel down and pray and at times I pray and meditate walking along. I will pray while sitting and eating also. I have transformed my lifestyle into prayer.”
Abraham Lincoln who was the president of the United States of America had the habit of waking up at 4 O’clock in the morning and interact with God through prayer. He used to say that he could meet his ministers or commanders only after meeting God every day. Similarly, Bush the past President said that praying is the first service he was carrying out for the Nation. Saying this, he began to pray.
To meditate: “Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer or His mercy from me” (Psalm 66:20).