Dear Brothers and
in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
You must be ready all the time. For the Son of Man will come
when least expected" (Mt. 24: 44). In His discourses on the end time Jesus
emphasized watchfulness in prayer over anything else. "Take heed, watch and
pray: for you do not know when the time is" (Mk 13:33; Mt 25:13). Jesus might
have known that in these days there would be slump in prayer time.
The word is busier than ever. In spite of so many modern
gadgets to do things faster, we don't have so much spare time as our forebears.
Everyday it's hectic. The causality is always the prayer time. In the Bible,
watching and praying are often mentioned together (Lk 21:36; Eph 6:18; Col
The saying goes, "He who prays sins not; He who sins prays
not!" In these days when sin abounds, prayer is the only way of escape. Martin
Luther (1483-1546) testified, "If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each
morning, the devil gets the victory through the day." As our work increases so
should our prayer time. Because, more prayer means more power, more strength
and more wisdom. It is unwise to sacrifice prayer for work, secular or sacred.
Until we set aside definite times for prayer we will never make it. Who was
busier than King David in his time? Yet he had definite prayer times daily (Ps
Daniel never missed his three-times-a-day prayer, whatever
the situation might be (Dan 6:10). Let us also cultivate such prayer habits.
The devil shudders not so much at a preacher as at a prayer warrior! Because it
is usually quite difficult to find an unhurried hour for prayer during the
daytime in these busy days, it is advisable to set aside early hours of the day
for the same. This was the practice of Jesus since folks were flocking Him from
dawn to dusk (Mk 1:35).
The enemy keeps devising new strategies to draw us from
faith and drown us in filth. Prayer is antidote. Failure on knees makes us
succumb to his every assault. Jesus taught us to pray, "Deliver us from evil."
A willing spirit is not enough to overcome temptation unless the weak body is
strengthened by watchful prayer (Mt 26:41). According to Pastor Paul Yangi Cho
of South Korea,"One who does not pray for at least an hour each day is not a
believer; one who does not pray for at least two hours is not a Servant of
Sweet hour of Prayer, Sweet
hour of Prayer,
That calls me from a world of
And oft escaped the tempter's
By thy return, Sweet hour of
(William W Walford, 1772-1850)
Hope everyone had a fruitful and meaningful Lenten Season.
This month we are celebrating Christ's Ascension and World Mother's day. May
our Lord strengthen and help all of us to lead prayerful life and prepare us
for His second coming.
May God bless us all.
With Love and Prayers,
Rev. Pretheesh Babu Kurian