Why Should We Schedule Our Prayer Times
God commanded set festivals to be celebrated yearly for all Jews. These festivals were to be observed for ever, see example in Exodus 12:14. These set festivals are a time when God Himself is expecting the observance and He makes Himself available even to the unbeliever. Likewise there are daily set times of prayer when God is waiting for fellowship with Him and expecting the recognition as Our Divine Helper by our scheduling these set times each day.
Adam and Eve had a set time to pray recorded in Genesis 3:8. 'Then they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the evening or the cool of the day. The man and his wife hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.' The cool of the day was the time of day when there was an evening breeze. Song of Solomon 2:17 "Until the cool of the day when the shadows flee away, Turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle Or a young stag on the mountains of Bether." When is the cool of the day? The original Hebrew text uses the word 'ruach' that is translated to the English phrase 'cool of the day.' The Hebrew word 'ruach' in this text means wind or breeze. It is the late evening hours, the time of the cool evening breeze or the ruach wind that comes during the cooler part of the day. 'When the cool evening breezes were blowing (3-6PM), the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees. In the cooler part of each day usually the time of the evening breeze God scheduled fellowship with Adam and Eve and both God and the First Family looked forward to the daily fellowship. This format of intimacy was God's primary will for mankind then in the Garden of Eden and also today through Jesus Christ. After the fall of man things changed and man was afraid to meet with God daily. Man stopped fellowship with God and only after the second generation past Adam did man begin to call out to God again from a distance not through the original intimacy.
See Genesis 4:25-26 King James Version (KJV)
25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. 26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.
God needs intimacy and fellowship, that is why we were created, thus let prayer be the first disciplined step towards original intimacy! The next point is in order to fully understand set times for daily prayer we should understand what a Jewish day is as compared with a Roman day. The Roman Day starts at 12 midnight as compared with the Jewish 24 hour day that starts at Sunset.
The Jewish Day and Night Established in Genesis
The Jewish 24 hour day begins with night first followed by day light time. Sunset to sunset. The Jewish 24 hour day is divided into 12 night time hours from sunset to sunrise and 12 daytime hours from sunrise to sunset. The set hours of prayer are mainly within the daylight hours except for those who are called to an intimate ministry with God who include the midnight watch. Midnight praying is also imperative during critical situations or when in satanic captivity by satanic strongholds and satanic systems.
Gen 1:1,2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Gen 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:15-16 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
According to Genesis there are 12 hours of night time hours and 12 hours of day time hours. The statements "darkness was over the surface of the deep,..And the evening and the morning were the first day," are significant because they explain what time of day creation actually began. The statements also help us understand why the Jewish Sabbath begins at sundown. Creation and more specifically the first day of creation began in darkness and thus the day originally began with evening followed by day time hours. This paradigm of evening starting a new day consistent with the creation sequence was common until Julius Ceasar proposed a change to the calendar in 45 A.D. known as the Julian calendar which was updated to the Gregorian calendar in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. Jews recognized the creation 'evening followed by day' sequence during the time of Christ and beyond and Orthodox Judaism especially still follows the creation sequence of evening followed by day.
Here are The Daily Hours of Prayer
6:00 AM: 1st hour of daylight
9:00 AM is the 3rd hour of daylight - Shacharit - morning prayer - Jesus was nailed to the cross during this memorial hour of prayer. Mark 15:25 says 'It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.' Also Pentecost occurred during The 3rd hour of prayer. In Acts 2:15 it says 'These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning!' The Hebrew word for this hour of prayer is "Shacharit"(morning). According to Jewish time this is the 3rd hour (the third hour from sunrise); Abraham instituted morning prayer. Shacharit is the most important and longest in duration of all 3 required Jewish daily prayer times because we receive daily from God, put on and dress our souls with His thoughts, His person and nature which influence our speech and actions for that day. Judaism calls this putting on the "garments" of the soul that Adam lost when he sinned and became naked. The talith katan and talith gadol, small talith and large talith respectively, are both put on especially during morning prayers to indicate the importance of dressing our inner man with God Himself first thing each morning. In Judaism human thoughts, speech and deeds are considered garments of the soul, thus we want to be dressed in God's garments and with God Himself experiencially every day.
The Apostle Paul who was familiar with Shacharit morning prayers and as a Jewish concept whereby we 'put on and dress our souls' describes this concept in Colossians 3, Ephesians 4, Galatians 3, and Romans 13 as putting on and dressing ourselves with humility, meekness, kindness, and most importantly putting on the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
12:00 Noon is the 6th hour of daylight - known as Minchah in Judasim- noon prayer - At the 6th hour, darkness covered the earth while Christ was on the cross - Mark 15:33-34 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani' (which means 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.' Peter received his vision from God to go to Cornelius during the 6th hour of prayer.
3:00 PM is the 9th hour of daylight. At this memorial hour of prayer Jesus died and gave up the Ghost.
Luke 23:44-46 'It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. When he had said this, he breathed his last. During the 3 PM-nineth hour of prayer, Peter and John healed the lamed man and Cornelius received a visitation from an angel of the Lord to send for Peter.
6:00 PM: 12th hour of daylight - known as Ma'ariv in Judaism - where prayers are made at sundown.
9:00 PM: 3rd hour of night - Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane 9PM-Midnight.
12:00 midnight: 6th hour of night - midnight watch - It is important to add this set time of prayer during life and death situations. Paul and Silas added the midnight watch set time of prayer during a stressful time. In Acts 16:25-27 it says 'About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.' THIS IS A CRITICAL TIME TO ADD TO YOUR PRAYER LIFE WHEN DELIVERANCE IS CRITICAL.
King David often prayed these 7 times per day ESPECIALLY DURING CRITICAL TIMES he would pray more than the 3 times per day required by Judaism. Psalm 119:164 records 'Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.' King David often prayed at 6A, 9A, 12Noon, 3P, 6P, 9P and 12 midnight at certain periods of his life.
3:00 AM: 9th hour of night
6:00 AM: 12th hour of night - beginning of daylight hours
New Testament Documentation of The Set Times of Prayer
Although the set times of prayer were instituted in the Old Testament the New Testament shows a functional application of the set times of prayer and the daily use of set prayer as an apostolic practice and as the prayer model for the early Church. These set times of prayer practiced by the New Testament Church can easily be missed if not intentionally pointed out to the reader.
The Apostles Used the Set Times of Prayer
Acts 2:41-42;American Standard Version (ASV) ""They then that received his word were baptized: and there were added unto them in that day about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers." - 'and the prayers' refers to the set prayer times of Judaism that were instituted by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was common that all new converts made a commitment to do four things when they became Christians.
The first was to assimilate the teachings or doctrines, making the doctrines and teachings of the Bible their own and allowing the doctrines of the Bible to form their philosophy and way of life.
The second was to fellowship or to share in all things in common, such as food, general necessities, loyalty, protection of each other, love and care for each other and sharing common enemies.
The third was breaking of bread which firstly meant a love of sharing meals together each day as well as joining in Holy Communion.
The fourth was embracing the accepted prayer times of the Church. A participation in these four categories allowed New Testament Christians especially the local Church in Jerusalem to experience a strong bond of unity, one heart and one mind.
The Talmud , tractate ta'anit 2a , records prayer is a biblical commandment because it is 'an act of the heart' known as Avodah sheba-Lev in Hebrew. Deuteronomy 11:13 says 'You shall serve God with your whole heart.' Orthodox and Conservative Jewish men pray 3 times per day, 4 times per day on Shabbat and Holidays and 5 times per day on Yom Kippur. Each prayer time is set parallel to the ancient morning, afternoon and night oblations or temple offerings. Reform and Reconstructionist Jews do not adhere to set prayer times because these sects of Judaism do not consider Halakah or Jewish Law as binding.
New Testament Memorials that Occurred During Set Times of Prayer
It was the third hour 9AM on the memorial day of Pentecost, when the one hundred and twenty disciples were in the upper room praying for the promise of the Father when cloven tongues of fire sat upon each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit recorded in Acts 2:3, 15. Not only was it the day prophecy was fulfilled but also the set hour designated for fulfillment of prophecy.
The New Testament Church customarily went to the temple at the set hours of prayer. Evidence of this is revealed in the account of a miraculous event which occurred at a particular time when two of the disciples of Jesus were entering the temple shortly after the day of Pentecost. Acts 3:6-7 "Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the HOUR OF PRAYER, being the ninth hour 3PM" (Acts 3:1). On this occasion a lame man was gloriously healed when the apostle Peter took him by the hand and said, "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk...and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength." Peter and John entered the temple because it was the set time of prayer. It wasn't a random act but during a set time of prayer.
The story of the Apostle Peter and Cornelius of Caesarea (Acts 10:1-8) In effect, it is a reenactment of the Day of Pentecost. The only major difference is that it was happening to a body of Gentiles on this occasion rather than to a body of Jews in the Upper Room. God began to set the stage for a dispensational change. The thrust of the Gospel from this point on, would be focused on the Gentile nations or Goyim in Hebrew. The unique circumstances of this story were divinely orchestrated. Cornelius was a gentile who adopted the Jewish prayer model. Consider if it weren't for Judaism there would be no Christianity. To conclude the Church has replaced the natural nation of Israel is a premature conclusion called "replacement theology." The Church and the natural nation of Israel operate side by side never one replacing the other or becoming obsolete. Remember Galatians 3:13 "the blessing of Abraham came on the gentiles through Jesus Christ."
The Christian Old Testament is translated verbatim from the Tanak or the Jewish Bible in a different sequence but the books are the same. The Christian New Testament quotes much of the Old Testament and draws historic and cultural contexts all sourced in the Tanak.
Cornelius, though a soldier in the Roman army, was a devout man who "prayed to God alway" and was very liberal in his alms giving. He was in prayer about the ninth hour 3PM when an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a vision and instructed him to "send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter".
Acts 10:9 'The next day as Cornelius' servants came to Joppa, Peter was also having a spiritual experience. "Peter went up upon the house top to pray about the sixth hour-12Noon" Suddenly he fell into a trance and saw a vision of a great sheet let down from heaven full of all kinds of unclean beasts.
God proceeded to instruct Peter to accept these Gentiles because they had now been cleansed. It was simply an object lesson to prepare Peter for ministry to a people who were Gentiles whom he considered unacceptable for the kingdom of God. His obedience to God resulted in a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the house of Cornelius and consequently the Gentile nations. It is obvious that observing the memorial hours of prayer was a vital part of the spiritual value system of both Peter and Cornelius.
How Often Did The Old Testament Patriarchs, Prophets, Judges and Kings Pray?
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
Abraham established morning prayers or the 9 AM set time of prayer called the 3rd hour after sunlight. As it says in Gen19:27 'And Abraham arose in the morning to the place where he stood,' and standing refers only to the act of prayer. Abraham established the practice of Shacharit, the Morning Prayer time where he stood before God.
Isaac instituted the afternoon 12 noon set time of prayer called the 6th hour after sunlight. Isaac established the Afternoon Prayer (called "Mincha"), as it is written, "Isaac went out to meditate ... Genesis 24:63 'He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching.'
Jacob instituted the late evening set time of prayer called 'Ma'ariv' the 9th hour of prayer after sunlight. (Gen. 28:11) 'When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.'
Samuel's parents recorded in 1 Samuel 1:19 prayed early morning. 'Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.'
Hezekiah prayed early morning as recorded in 2 Chronicles 29:20. 'Early the next morning King Hezekiah gathered the city officials together and went up to the temple of the Lord.'
David prayed a minimum of three times a day; Psalm 55:17 says 'evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.'
David also prayed 7 times per day as he hungered for God. Psalm 119:164 records 'I will praise you seven times a day because all your regulations are just. ... Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.' David also prayed at midnight as recorded in Psalm 119:62 'At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.'
In Psalm 130:6 King David writes "I wait for the Lord to help me more than night watchmen wait for the dawn, more than night watchmen wait for the dawn." King David waited much longer, more fervently and more expectantly than all others in his kingdom such as worshipers waiting for the first morning sacrifice the first sacrifice of the day, sentinels posted to guard the city who were wet, cold and tired, Levites and porters who guarded the temple sacrifice and women who watch the severely sick throughout the night. King David had a love for God that would keep him awake longing for God all night. This is a true midnight watch that stems not out of duty but from an immense love for God.
David also prayed early morning as recorded in Psalm 119:147 which says 'I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.' David was praying very early in the morning before many believers are up. He prevented the dawning of the morning because he was up crying aloud to the Lord in prayer.
Daniel prayed 3 times per day as seen in Daniel 6:10 'Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.' Daniel did not pray three times a day just because he felt strangely "inspired" to do it. He prayed three times a day because it was part of Halakah or Jewish Law. It was the prayer model for Judaism.
Job prayed early in the morning. Job 1:5 'When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, 'Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.' This was Job's regular custom.
Adam and Eve had a set time to pray: Genesis 3:8 'When the cool evening breezes were blowing (3-6PM), the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees.'
Jesus' Prayer Times
Jesus had early devotions too and used the set times of prayer. During many times in His life, Jesus withdrew from His disciples and the crowds to be alone to pray. He often went up on a mountainside or went to a solitary place to pray. Sometimes He even went to pray very early in the morning, while it was still dark.
Mark 1:35 In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. King James Bible ...Luke 5:16 'But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.' Mark 6:46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. Jesus prayed late evening as well. Matthew 14:23 'After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,'
But at times, being in quiet and solitary places alone is not enough. We need to spend more time with God in prayer. This is evident from the way Jesus went about His task of choosing the twelve apostles. Jesus spent a whole night on a mountainside in prayer before He chose the twelve apostles (Ref. Luke 6:12). ALL NIGHT PRAYER
Jesus prayed in THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE from 9P to Midnight. Jesus prayed and transfigured at night during one of the late set times of prayer indicated in Luke 9:32 and 37 which says "Peter and the others were very sleepy, but when they awoke fully, they saw the glory of Jesus and the two men standing with him." "The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus." The indicators that the transfiguration happened at night during late night prayer times were the disciples were sleepy, Jesus' garments stood out against the dark back drop and Jesus and the disciples left the mountain early the next day.
Noteworthy is the concept of praying without ceasing recorded in Thessalonians 5:7 - an instruction to keep the set times of prayer and to not give up our prayer system or rhythm of prayer. As a Jew, Jesus used the three set times of prayer instituted by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Like King David, Jesus also prayed seven times per day as needed and maintained a prayer rhythm.
Designated Prayer Times for Mainline Denominations
Mainline denominations carried over and practice the prayer rhythms of the set times of prayer started by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, practiced by the early New Testament Church.
Anglican Church Prayer Offices : Daily morning, noon, evening and bedtime prayer taken from the historical Jewish model that prayer was to be a command and a daily rhythm. Priests pray all offices while lay members choose one or the other.
Catholic Church Prayer Divines: Daily Divines of morning, evening and night. Priests are required to pray all 3 hours and monks up to 7 times per day.
Devout Muslims pray five times a day although the Koran only requires prayer 3 times a day. The first prayer of the day is performed just before sunrise in the morning, the second prayer of the day immediately after noon, the third in the late afternoon, the fourth immediately after sunset and the fifth before retiring to bed. In strict doctrine, the five daily prayers cannot be waived even for the sick. These prayers are implemented no matter what the situation or circumstance. Muslims are required to pray whether they are at work, in flight, in transit by train, in an office building, in the supermarket or in public on the street.
Non Mainline Churches in general are random with regards to prayer, only when there is an unction to pray. Jesus made an observation and said " . .for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light" (Luke 16:8). God has a set prayer schedule just as He has set yearly festivals. Many in Christianity are not aware of these biblical set Hours of Daily Prayer. However the "High Church" and Mainline Churches actually utilize the Jewish prayer model religiously and the Christian community can learn about the prayer system from Mainline Churches. The set times of prayer are not practiced nor is a systemic function of non Mainline Churches.
A Superimposed Time of Prayer, when the yearly set times for feasts are superimposed by a daily set time of prayer. A case in point is the story of Peter in prison and the prayer that was made on his behalf. The back drop was during Passover a time of dramatic supernatural deliverance and the set time of prayer was one of the daily set times of prayer where disciples met at John Mark's house for prayer. These times of prayer that combine set festivals with set prayer times are invincible.
Acts 12: 1-19 Peter's Miraculous Escape From Prison
1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. 6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. 'Quick, get up!' he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists.
8 Then the angel said to him, 'Put on your clothes and sandals.' And Peter did so. Wrap your cloak around you and follow me, the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.
11 Then Peter came to himself and said, 'Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.' 12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, 'Peter is at the door!'
15 You're out of your mind, they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, It must be his angel. 16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this, he said, and then he left for another place. 18 In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. 19 After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.
The power of Pesach or Passover was intensified by the power generated by a set time of prayer.
So Why Schedule Our Prayer Times
Think of someone who you are deeply in love with that you cannot stop thinking about because of the fond stimulating feelings you have for them such as a spouse, fiancé or someone who is being considered for any of these significant positions in your life. Consequently there are frequent calls just to say hello but what really makes your day in addition to the fond thoughts and fellowship by phone throughout the day is scheduling a time to meet with that special person and looking forward to seeing them at the scheduled time. The anticipation keeps your soul charged throughout the day. Further more the climactic feeling of being with them after work and then having to say "I hate to leave." If you are married you will say "thank God I don't have to leave you any longer." This is the attitude and concept of scheduled prayer. Prayer that is scheduled because of intense relationship.
In the original Garden of Eden God had a scheduled time each day to visit Adam and Eve during the evening hours when a cool breeze would add a wonderful temperature and feel to the garden along with His Spirit. This scheduled meeting was in addition to the constant fellowship Adam and Eve had with Him throughout the entire 24 hour period very similar to the natural love relationship described above.
As Christians we cherish the uninterrupted fellowship we maintain with Christ throughout the day and night but how wonderful it is to actually schedule power encounters with Jesus Christ, The Father and The Holy Spirit which adds weight, affirmation, stimulation, intensity to the on-going experience with God. The set times of prayer are designed to strengthen our fellowship more and more with each meeting not discounting the importance of on-going fellowship throughout the day and certainly not rejecting grace as the theme of the New Testament and of our New Covenant with God. So lets learn all we can about the opportunities available to have power meetings with God during these set times of prayer. This was Jesus' model. He was always in fellowship with God the Father but enhanced the relationship with a prayer rhythm of scheduled power encounters. The more we are in need of His ministry the more power meetings we choose to attend as they await all of us throughout the entire day and night. King David learned this secret as he became a man after God's own heart.
There are other very important opportunities already in place within the Church that are designed for power meetings with God such as your Church Services that are designed to be a holy time with God in a prepared and set designated place, where Christ is present among His people to save in all aspects and to make His presence known. Holy Communion, Water Baptism as we deepen our commitment to God and receive His acceptance into the body of Christ, Sincere Confession of your sins to a mature Christian who can facilitate God's forgiveness or confessing to someone when you have wronged them, receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help you mature as a Christian, receiving the ministry of healing for your body, soul, spirit, finances and life, the mystery of Marriage where God grants us a new start in life and becoming one. Finally Ordination if you choose to do so. Ordination is receiving divine ability to administer the mysteries of Christ to the people. In all these opportunities God is personally present and His presence can be felt tangibly to do supernatural work for us.
In summary, the set times of prayer are power times throughout the day to keep our spirits "charged like a battery" and to strengthen and to make powerful our walk with God. This is the message of Jude 1:20 'But you, my loved ones, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, and making prayers in the Holy Spirit,' The term 'building up yourselves' can be compared with charging your human spirit as one would charge a battery.
The daily prayer times is a set program to help us commune with God daily, minute by minute and to build our daily lives around our fellowship with God. The set times of prayer help us to set our priorities making God and fellowship with Him the most important priority of all. The set times of prayer is a program to aid the believer to live spiritually vibrant rather than mere existence. The set times of prayer helps us to seek God daily rather than only during the set festivals that occur once each year. Use each set prayer time to continually apply an added charge to your human spirit keeping your spirit charged and healthy. Don't stop what you are already doing such as praying by unction as the Holy Spirit moves you to pray, but now add the set times of prayer to your prayer life and you will see your prayer life fully enhanced.
The basic set times for prayer are as follows:
9:00 AM called the 3rd hour
12:00 Noon called the 6th hour
3:00 PM called the 9th hour
The extended set times for prayer that will accommodate critical situations and recommended for Leaders at all levels are as follows:
6:00 AM called the 1st hour
9:00 AM called the 3rd hour
12:00 Noon called the 6th hour
3:00 PM called the 9th hour
6:00 PM called evening prayer
9:00 PM called night prayer
12:00 Midnight-called midnight hour
Prayer Time for Chronic Urgent Situations & Stronghold Removal
12:00 Midnight - 3AM - 6AM