Pray that the saints would learn both to fellowship with God at every time and in every place and to set aside fixed times and a set place to fellowship with Him (1 Thes. 5:17; Eph. 6:18b; 1 Tim. 2:8; Dan. 6:10; Acts 10:9; Mark 6:46).
1 Thes. 5:17—Unceasingly pray.
Eph. 6:18b—Praying at every time in spirit and watching unto this in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints.
1 Tim. 2:8—I desire therefore that men pray in every place, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and reasoning.
Dan. 6:10—Now when Daniel came to know that the writing had been signed, he went to his house (in his upper room he had windows open toward Jerusalem) and three times daily he knelt on his knees and prayed and gave thanks before his God, because he had always done so previously.
Acts 10:9—And on the next day as they were journeying and drawing near to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray around the sixth hour.
Mark 6:46—And after He said farewell to them, He went away to the mountain to pray.
Practically speaking, fellowship with God, like breathing, should be constant and not limited by time. If we breathe in the morning, we still need to breathe in the evening. Likewise, our fellowship with God cannot be limited to only one time. We must fellowship with God moment by moment. This is what the Bible refers to as “unceasingly” praying (1 Thes. 5:17). Praying unceasingly is a kind of spiritual breathing; it is uninterrupted and carried out at every time and in every place. There should not be a time or a place in which we stop fellowshipping with God…Constant fellowship with God is the first point related to the time to fellowship with God.
Although we should be in constant fellowship with God, we still need to set aside some time each day for fellowship. A new believer especially should set aside time during which he can fellowship with God. Examples of this can be found in the Bible. Daniel 6:10 says that Daniel prayed before his God three times daily. Psalm 119:164 says that David praised God seven times a day. Psalm 55:17 says that he complained and moaned evening, morning, and noontime. He came before God three times a day. Acts 10:3 says that Cornelius prayed at the ninth hour of the day. He had a fixed time to fellowship with God. Even our Lord Jesus set aside a specific time to pray for needs that arose. During the two thousand years of church history many spiritual men who were used by the Lord set aside a specific time every day to have deep fellowship with Him.
According to our experience, it is best to set aside a time in the morning, before the day dawns. This is the time when we are refreshed after a night of sleep; we have not had contact with any person or thing, and our outward environment and inner being are quieter. Therefore, it is the best and sweetest time to come before God to fellowship with Him…
We also need a specific place to fellowship with God. Personally, I feel that the devil has truly damaged Christians concerning this matter. Because both land and housing are expensive, people are always crowded together. Very few Christians have a room that is exclusively for prayer. We must admit that it is difficult to pray in crowded living quarters. In order to pray properly, however, a quiet place is needed. Therefore, we still need to try our best to find a suitable place…
We should not say that since fellowshipping with God is a matter in spirit, the outward environment does not matter. Even the Lord Jesus was not this spiritual. The Bible clearly says that He sometimes needed to go up to the mountain to pray. There is much to consider regarding the place for fellowshipping with God. We will learn more as we experience this ourselves. (CWWL, 1959, vol. 3, “Lessons for New Believers,” lesson 22, pp. 298-300, 302-303)
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