LORD, How Often Should I Pray?

02 Sep

“Prayer opens the way for the Word of God to run without hindrance. It creates the atmosphere that is favorable for the Word to accomplish its purpose.” – E.M. Bounds

“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!” – Psalm 150-6

LORD, How Often Should I Pray?

Isn’t that a great question? When you ask the LORD the question and write down your answer, where do you think the answer will come ? From your own thoughts or from the LORD?

This morning, the LORD told me to write a YDB devotional titled “How Often Should I Pray?” That was what Jeremiah Lamphier wrote on the handbills he passed around announcing the weekly prayer meetings at the North Dutch Reformed Church on Fulton Street in New York City on September 23, 1857.  His obedience led to what may have been the greatest prayer revival in the history of America.

The LORD wants to remind people about our weekly community prayer gathering today at Noon at Reformation Lutheran Church (415 S Main Suite # 101, Culpeper, VA 22701).

What has happened spiritually in the past week in our community and my network has been enormous.

Seven days ago, on Wed Aug 26, I attended the monthly prayer gathering at the Culpeper Train Depot. Pastor GW Dameron, the one who initiated this, calls it “Christ In Culpeper.” During that meeting the presence of God was so strong. Several people commented about that afterwards.

While listening to other people’s prayers during that prayer time, I saw the image of a large waterwheel dipping down into the water (God’s living water) and bringing water up to people waiting in the window above. I was also prompted strongly in my spirit to restart a weekly prayer gathering in Culpeper. And when I got home, I found a letter (article) in the mail from Burt Swardstrom titled “Prayer Revival In America.”

That led me to call Pastor Brad Hales to ask for permission to hold the prayer gatherings at Reformation Lutheran Church in downtown Culpeper where he pastors. Brad was excited told me his church was open for prayer every day of the week.

So the next morning, I wrote a YDB devotional titled “Prayer Revival In America” and got great feedback from that.

After writing that devotional, Elizabeth Powell called me out-of-the-blue to follow up with someone I met at the Global Day of Prayer in early June. When I invited her to come to noon community prayer gathering on Sep 2, she told me she would. I learned that Elizabeth will already be at Reformation Lutheran Church for a weekly bible study from 11-noon on Wednesdays.

Elizabeth and her now deceased husband Bill played a key role in the Powell Wellness Center becoming a reality in Culpeper. Elizabeth is also the one who hosted the Experienced God life group that I began attending in January. That group was responsible for the birth of the Experience God Through Journaling webinars I hosted. And so much eternal fruit has come from those.

On Friday Aug 28, Julia and I went to Massanutten to have dinner with my parents and stay overnight. We watched their slide show with about 400 photos from their recent 3 week trip to 7 countries in Europe.

Then on Saturday and Sunday (August 30 and 31), Julia and I went with good friends to Culpeper County High School to see the Power Team perform. They were awesome. We witnessed about 150 decisions for Christ – young, old, all races and ethnic groups. I learned the Power Team has the most popular school assembly in the entire United States. Wow!

On Monday August 31, Patrick and Becky Badstibner drove to Culpeper to meet with me. I took them to dinner at Ruby Tuesday. I just got introduced to Pat for the first time on August 21 by Bob Sims when he was giving me a lesson on Tweetdeck. Bob met Pat through Twitter and built a strong relationship. Pat began worldprayr on Twitter in April 2009 and that has quickly grown to become the largest prayer network on Twitter, the most powerful networking platform. After meeting with me, Pat asked for me to be on his council of elder for worldprayr.

Yesterday, I drove to Richmond to host two live seminars to inspire people to establish a powerful online presence to share their stories, products, and services with the world. Only 13 people had signed up online before I left home, but about 25-28 people attended the events. What happened and the responses I got were so encouraging.

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Lord Jesus, thank You for Your grace, Your amazing grace. I am so humbled by what You did yesterday, with the encouragement Your provided, badly needed encouragement. Thank You for going before me, watching my backside, cleaning up my messes, protecting me, and bringing me home safely last night. Thank You for this song “Christ Before Me” that Jerry sent me. May you richly bless today’s prayer gathering. May this ignite a fire of prayer revival. Thank You Jesus. Amen and hallelujah!

Blessings to receive a clear answer from the LORD with how often you should pray!

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4 Responses to “LORD, How Often Should I Pray?”

  1. Lynne Lee September 2, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    The Bible sugggests that we can pray with out ceasing :) If prayer is a two way conversation with God and I am mindful of the Lord throughout the day, then I can be in continual contact.

    The best times are when I speak to the Lord thoughtout the day about what is happening and allow Him to speak to me and direct my thoughts.

    I have a book in which I’ve written prayers and Bible verses that the Lord has highlighted over time. I use it as a springboard to help me reconnect with the Lord and spur me on when life is hard and prayer is a struggle.

    When I’m busy, I pray in tongues as I do what needs to be done. There are many ways of praying without ceasing adn tiem spent discovering what works for you is time well spent.

    I’m glad to hear that teh Lord has been giing you success Randy,

    Be blessed to be a blessing


  2. Dr. Randy Peck September 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi Lynne,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your excellent and encouraging comments. I agree with you completely that we need to pray without ceasing. Staying in an attitude of prayer and communion with the LORD is very important.

    There is a place for both individual prayer and corporate prayer. I’ve discovered that when the body of Christ comes together to pray from different denominations in the name of Jesus that UNCOMMON ideas and actions result, ultimately leading to UNITY. Corporate prayer also helps advance prayer life and faith.


  3. David Bean September 7, 2009 at 10:57 am #

    Randy my prayer for you is that you never let the world tell you what you are doing on the internet is not worth it. Anyone who tells you this is the enemy. All anyone has to do is look at me. Three months ago I didn’t know anything about about blogging, or what Twitter was. But thanks to you and your ministry I now have a positive Godly influence on the web. Randy keep on listening to the Lord and keep on connecting with others as God has gifted you for such a time as this. Keep on praying because a revival is at hand. I now know God is working with me in the area of Spiritual Fatherhood, in training other men to become Spiritual Fathers, so we can have enough men who are Spiritual Fathers in place to help those who will come into the Kingdom of God in the near future. So let us pray that God will send out workers into the fields, as the harvest is ripe, and the workers are few. God bless you and your ministry my dear friend and brother in Christ Jesus.

  4. Dr. Randy Peck September 8, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    Hi David, Thank you for such an encouraging reply. I am thrilled at all the progress establishing a Web 2.0 presence in such a short time. You have become a tree, not a tomato plant. The messages you are sharing on your blog about spiritual fatherhood. Blessings, Randy