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A Quiet Time Before the Lord 

1 Sam 1:19 
And they rose up in the morning early, 
and worshipped before the LORD...

Josh 5:13-15 (KJV)
 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, 
that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, 
there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: 
and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, 
Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 
{14} And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.
 And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, 
and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
 {15} And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, 
Loose thy shoe from off thy foot;
 for the place whereon thou standest is holy. 
And Joshua did so.

Mat 6:6-13 (TLB) 
But when you pray, go away by yourself, all alone,
 and shut the door behind you 
and pray to your Father secretly, 
and your Father, who knows your secrets, will reward you.

 {7} "Don't recite the same prayer over and over as the heathen do, 
who think prayers are answered 
only by repeating them again and again. 

{8} "Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need
 even before you ask him! 

{9} "Pray along these lines: 'Our Father in heaven, 
we honor your holy name. 
{10} We ask that your kingdom will come now. 
May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. 

{11} Give us our food again today, as usual, 
{12} and forgive us our sins,
 just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.
 {13} Don't bring us into temptation, 
but deliver us from the Evil One.

Luke 6:12 (KJV) 
And it came to pass in those days,
 that he (Jesus) went out into a mountain to pray, 
and continued all night in prayer to God.

Psa 63 (TLB) 
A Psalm of David when he was hiding in the wilderness of Judea.

 O God, my God! How I search for you! 
How I thirst for you 
in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
 How I long to find you! 

{2} How I wish I could go into your sanctuary 
to see your strength and glory, 
{3} for your love and kindness are better to me than life itself.
 How I praise you! 

{4} I will bless you as long as I live,
 lifting up my hands to you in prayer. 
{5} At last I shall be fully satisfied; 
I will praise you with great joy. 

{6} I lie awake at night thinking of you-- 
{7} of how much you have helped me--
and how I rejoice through the night
 beneath the protecting shadow of your wings. 
{8} I follow close behind you, 
protected by your strong right arm. 

{9} But those plotting to destroy me
 shall go down to the depths of hell. 
{10} They are doomed to die by the sword, 
to become the food of jackals.

 {11} But I will rejoice in God. 
All who trust in him exult, 
while liars shall be silenced.

1 Sam 12:23-24 (KJV)
 Moreover as for me, 
God forbid that I should sin against the LORD 
in ceasing to pray for you:
 but I will teach you the good and the right way: 

{24} Only fear the LORD, 
and serve him in truth with all your heart; 
for consider how great things he hath done for you.

Last of all I want to remind you 
that your strength must come from the Lord's mighty power within you.
Put on all of God's armor 
so that you will be able to stand safe 
against all strategies and tricks of Satan.

For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, 
but against persons without bodies--
the evil rulers of the unseen world, 
those mighty satanic beings 
and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; 
and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.

So use every piece of God's armor 
to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, 
and when it is all over, you will still be standing up.

But to do this, you will need the strong belt of truth 
and the breastplate of God's approval.
Wear shoes that are able to speed you on 
as you preach the Good News of peace with God.

In every battle you will need faith as your shield 
to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan.
And you will need the helmet of salvation 
and the sword of the Spirit--which is the Word of God.

Pray all the time. 
Ask God for anything in line with the Holy Spirit's wishes. 
Plead with him, reminding him of your needs, 
and keep praying earnestly for all Christians everywhere.

Pray for me, too, 
and ask God to give me the right words 
as I boldly tell others about the Lord 
and as I explain to them that his salvation is for the Gentiles too.


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