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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

How much time do you spend praying daily?

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How much time do you usually spend praying each day?  

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  1. 1. How much time do you usually spend praying each day?

    • less than 15 minutes
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    • Not long but often
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    • around 30 minutes
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    • About an hour
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    • About 2 hours
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    • 2+ hours
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Personally, I must confess I have to vote "Not long but often". :ooops Still Jesus and other bible characters would spend LONG periods of time praying, sometimes the whole night. Biographies of past men of God often mention praying long periods of time as well. From these things I am inclined to think that praying often for long periods of time is a quite positive thing. I don't think I have ever prayed for more than a couple of hours at one time though and that only rarely when I KNEW I was dealing with a serious problem. So I was wondering if anyone here does pray 2+ hours regularly. You don't have to say who you are just vote and be honest please. :Green Inquiring minds would like to know :thumb Grace and peace...

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Kind of a tough one to answer but I voted "not long but often" because I pray throughout the day and while none of my prayers may be very long, I pray dozens of times a day generally for anywhere from a minute or so up to maybe 15 minutes.

However, there are times when I may pray for 15 to 30 minutes at a time, plus my praying throughout the day.

I don't recall ever praying for hours at a time. I would need help from God to be able to do that.

You are correct, many great men of God of the past are known to have spent hours in prayer. Some of them would rise early in the morning (like 3 a.m.) and pray for three or four hours! I honestly don't know how they did it, but without the Lord enabling me to, I couldn't stay awake like that or keep my focus.

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honestly don't know how they did it, but without the Lord enabling me to, I couldn't stay awake like that or keep my focus.


Well, I am young and I have been blessed with a good focus and unless I happen to be very tired I don't tend to fall asleep. When I have tried it however after a while I just seem to run out of things to say, then I am just sitting there feeling foolish. :ooops I would like to get there someday though.
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That's one of the reason I don't set an amount of time for prayer. When I pray, I pray until things to pray about and for stop coming to the front of my mind. At that point, I'm finished, whether I've been praying for one minute or twenty.

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That's one of the reason I don't set an amount of time for prayer. When I pray, I pray until things to pray about and for stop coming to the front of my mind. At that point, I'm finished, whether I've been praying for one minute or twenty.


I don't normally set a time either, but if I don't I always end up done in no more than twenty minutes or so. That makes me feel kinda bad, and I find myself wishing a couple hours would go by without me noticing. Thats how I think large blocks of time should go, as if it was just 10-15 minutes. :pray
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Oh I have no doubt that a disciplined prayer life, involving hours of sincere prayer would be a wonderful thing.

I know I love those times when I have a long prayer. Somehow I feel extra close to the Lord during those times and I seem to gain some real insights. I can't even imagine how much that might be magnifed for one who spends hours in prayer.

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Usually about an hour in the morning and about an hour at night. Start by praising God. Count your blessing you'll find out you have alot of them usually. Just some helpful hints that helped me increase my prayer time was I started gathering up prayer cards for every ministry that came through our church and I now have about 40 of them, If they have sent a letter to our church recently I try to pray specifically for their needs if they mention any. Other wise I just try to pray for a blessing for them and their family and ministry. Add in that I try to remember each family in our church and I write down any prayer requests from our wednesday night services and pray for them specifically. Then I try to Focus on our unsaved family members and finally about more specific things in our lives. Then a few times through the day I try to pray short prayers just to stay focused.

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