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The Hours of Prayer and Why They Are Not Required of a Christian/ Opinion



The model prayer was not governed by the Mosaic Law, but it was fully understood. No one knows exactly how far or long the Jewish history of the sacrificial system, mentioned in Luke 1:10, was. However, in the days of Christ, it was fundamental.

Before this time, hours of prayer were well-known and religiously observed by all devout Jews. It was the evolutionary process of the Jewish religion, in connection with the temple tradition. Devout Jews living in Jerusalem went to the temple to pray (Luke 18:10; Act 3: 1). Devout Jews living abroad opened their windows "near Jerusalem" and prayed "looking" into the presence of God (1 Kings 8:48; Daniel 6:10; Psalm 5: 7). The usual hours of prayer, as we read in Psalm 55:17 and Daniel 6:10, were three in number.


The first corresponded with the morning sacrifice, at 3 a.m., at 9 a.m. (Acts 2:15). The second was at 6 o'clock, or noon, and may have been associated with thanksgiving for the main meal of the day, a religious tradition that seems to be kept in general (Matt. 15:36; Deuteronomy 27:35.) And the evening sacrifice, at nine o'clock (Deuteronomy 3: 1; Law 10: 30).

But these hours of prayer are not necessary for a Christian because he is the temple of the living God. As a house of God, he does not have to go to a "house" of worship. (1 Corinthians 3:16).

One reason is found in Jesus' words that the true worshipers of the Father will worship him in spirit and truth. (John 4:24). After all, what makes a believer a son of God led by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:14).

The time for prayer, then, is only as the Spirit leads the believer to pray. Following hours of prayer as the Jews do or act contrary to the principles of the Spirit, for the Spirit is powerful. Of course, a Christian is not obliged to keep a prayerful attitude.

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