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Many Christians see prayer as an occasional exercise. They see it as something that is done once in a while. Some see it as something done early in the morning when you wake up and late in the evening before you go to bed. The Bible says in Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” The amplified version puts it like this, “Matthew 26:41, “All of you must keep awake (give strict attention, be cautious and active) and watch and pray, that you may not come into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Temptation is part of everyday life. I don’t think there’s a day that will go by when we won’t experience the temptation to sin in a variety of different ways. Temptation itself is not sin. It only becomes sin when we enter into that temptation. That is why we need to pray to overcome temptations. You need to pray ahead of time. Pray also in the Spirit because Romans 8:26 says, “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.” Just keep praying; Pray everywhere; Pray every time; Pray always.

Also, Jesus spent a whole night on a mountainside in prayer before He chose the twelve apostles (Luke 6:12). It is very clear from this that Jesus attached such great importance to prayer. Jesus had to take the decision the next day. This was very important because the apostles were to be with Him for the rest of His public ministry (Mark 1:35). Before we make important decisions in life, we should spend some time in prayer, so we don’t make a decision we will one day regret. We take steps everyday and every time, hence we need to pray always.




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