Best Time for the Daily?
by Ray Foucher
(Greenwood, BC, Canada)
I'll start off the discussion by saying again that I think this is a good and very meaningful study. The greatest benefit usually comes from personal application and I am trying to do this with the information presented.
One thing I thought I would mention is that God seems to have picked the worst times for the daily. The suggestion is that we think of and connect with Him in prayer or some way at approximately 9am and 3pm - that is not easy! About 9 am we are early into our activities for the day. At 3pm we are in the middle of the afternoon trying to get our work done. I could think of more convenient times, such as 12 noon or 6pm, near meal times when we are not so engaged in our activities.
However, think about it - the very fact that it is hard to remember the appointed times, makes us think of it more. Once a habit is properly established it becomes harder to break. Stopping to connect with Him when we are busiest doing our own thing is the best way to stay connected with Him. This makes me think of:
"Pray without ceasing." (1 Thess 5:17)
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;" (Eph 6:18)
Maybe (undoubtedly) He did pick the best time. After all, the busiest time of day is when we need His presence and help the most.
Another thought is that, once again, man has messed with God's timing. During the longer-daylight portion of the year, when so many areas are on daylight savings time and the clocks are turned ahead an hour, the real 9 am according to the earth's rotation happens at 10am by the (advanced) clock.