The importance of daily prayer

Original in French

When someone asks "Why do you pray?" there are several possible answers. Many people pray each morning in order to feel closer to God. Others wish to protect themselves from what they consider to be evil people. Some pray out of a fear of running into trouble at school or at work.

Each morning it's good consciously to affirm God's presence in our lives so as to better prepare for the day ahead. In the Bible the Psalmist exclaims, "O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee:... to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary" (Ps. 63:1, 2). In another psalm we find, "Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee" (Ps. 143:8). These statements do not preclude our stopping to pray at other times. The Bible accounts show that Christ Jesus left his disciples and prayed whenever he felt the need to do so. Perhaps the most important thing is to ensure that we do take time to pray.

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