When exactly is the right time to pray? Is it before the problem starts or after? Should prayer be stored up, or your first reaction when things go wrong? Actually, it’s a trick question.
Prayer is just a conversation with God. Since Emmanuel, God with Us, is really with us, we don’t have to address our petitions to a far off God and hope He will take notice. He’s right here. He sees what you see. You can just turn to Him and ask.
If your conversation with Him is ongoing, there’s never really a set time to pray, it’s always happening between you and Him. It may seem like you’re talking to yourself at first, but when you hear an answer come back that you know wasn’t you idea, then the conversation has begun.
Don’t wait until you have fires to put out. Talk to Him now. Get used to hearing His voice, so He can help you prevent the fires in the first place. If problems happen, don’t panic. Ask for help and trust Him.
Talk to Him when things are good and let Him tell you the what you can’t hear when you’re stressed. The right time to pray is now, and always.