Evening & Morning & Noon

“Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, and He will hear my voice.”  (Psalm 55:17)

Notice the CONTINUAL nature of David’s prayers here. He says they are at: “evening and morning and noon”. Legalists would make of this “3 stations of prayer”, and set up 3 daily prayer times based upon it. But surely this is not to be taken so woodenly.

Rather than teaching that David only prays these three specific times a day, it is referring to his CONTINUAL praying. He is saying, in other words, that because of the distress that he is in, if you were to look in on him at those 3 times — morning, and evening, and midday — you would find him praying, because that is what he is doing ALL the time! He is continually crying out to the Lord to help him. 

This verse challenges each of us to be in that same kind continual prayer in every part of our own day. It is nothing less than an Old Testament foreshadowing of I Thessalonians 5:17’s admonition to “pray without ceasing.” Were an angel to peek in on YOUR life during any part of your day today, how likely is it that he would find you praying?

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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