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When I first became saved I believed that I needed to hear from God more than He needed to hear from me, so I spent more time reading and studying the Bible than I did praying. However, the more I study the Bible, the more often I need to pray and the more I know what I should pray for. I need to pray before I study the Bible, while I study the Bible and after I study the Bible. Even though I can meditate on the Bible, reading it is not possible 24/7 but prayer is.

Hebrews 4:16: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Every waking hour and every sleeping hour is a time of need.

Luke 2:37: And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

Luke 18:1: And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Romans 8:26: Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Romans 12:11: Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Ephesians 6:18: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Colossians 4:2: Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

1 Thessalonians 5:17: Pray without ceasing.

In Heaven communications between God and those of us who get there will be continual. Why not make life here on earth a little more like Heaven by praying more?

Matthew 6:10b: . . . Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

We cannot pray too much unless we pray to an idol or with ourselves like this Pharisee:

Luke 18:11: The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

We should ask the Lord how much He wants us to pray, study the Bible, meditate, serve, work and rest and obey Him. Don*t expect it to be the same every day. He has a better plan for our lives than we have.

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