It’s Time for Us to Pray

Feb 6, 2021 | Edwin Arceo, Faith

Time to Pray

For almost three weeks now, I have had a fairly regular time of Bible reading. Aside from reading the Bible, I was also reading Reuben A. Torrey’s “How to Pray”. It’s in Adobe Acrobat format that you can download free from here. As I read the book, which is surprisingly an easy read for me, I discovered a new dimension to the subject of praying.

I do not call myself a very prayerful person. I pray before I go to sleep and usually ask God for a peaceful and restful time of sleep. I usually “converse” with God when I’m walking. It is at those times that I can reflect on things that God may be dealing with me. I also go to prayer meetings in our church or at our office.



The book exhorts the reader to make prayer time a consistent, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer. I admit that I do not pray like this. And with people that pray this kind of prayer, I am envious. I know that I should pray like this. Not because I read it in this book, but because God wants me to. I want to, but more often, I succumb to “slothfulness”. Because of this, I am deeply troubled. Compared to many men of prayer, I am but an atom.

I also read there that Jesus prayed even to the point of sacrificing enough sleeping time or wakes up early than most people just to be able to have a time of prayer. Jesus would usually retreat to a quiet place to be with God the Father and also to pray. How I wish I could do that. I want to. And I’m trying. I pray that God would give me strength. I do not want to start and then sputter mid-stream. I want this to be a continuing exercise. I will need a lot of discipline and determination, not to mention patience from Jesus.

I hope that you, my dear reader, would join me in this challenge. I am not going to prove anything. I want to show Jesus how much I love Him. I want to spend time with Him in prayer. I want to grow in my knowledge of Him through prayer. It’s time to pray…

Edwin is the founder and publisher of Jacob’s Fountain, a website dedicated to publishing content that refreshes others so that others may also be refreshed.

He also works as the Manager for Merchandise Development at CBN Asia, the producer of the long-running weeknight inspirational show, The 700 Club Asia. He has been working here since 1994. Edwin is also the husband to Emy and a father to his two sons, Ephraim and Edwin James.

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