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I was sitting at my keyboard tonight playing “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” It is such a beautiful song and one I would like to learn to play well, so I’m practicing it.

As I played, I thought about the words. Do we relegate our God to one hour a day? And how often do we spend a full hour praying to our Lord?

1 Thess 5 : 17 (KJV)
Pray without ceasing.

Personally, I believe in praying throughout the day. I petition Him with things great and small and ask His guidance and advice, but I fail. I try to do things on my own strength and I forget to pray at times. I fall asleep in the middle of my nightly prayers or forget to thank Him before I eat.

Yet, He remains faithful. When I do send up those prayers, He is listening. Attentive as always, wanting to be closer to me. Directing me to follow His will. Reminding me that everything I need to know is found in His holy word and that the Holy Spirit will guide me in understanding it. All I need to do is keep the lines of communication open by praying and reading my King James Bible. Reading it through a few times could never be enough. Just as I need daily prayers, I need daily time in His word. He gave it to us, so that we would never be without answers.

John 16 : 13 (KJV)
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

So, as I sit here typing this devotional, I thank Him for the word He preserved for us and I trust Him to guide and direct me through it. And I trust Him to not only hear my prayers, but to listen and answer them.

How about you? Are you cherishing your prayer time and Bible reading? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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