Job 14:1 (KJV)
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
I watched a video recently of how some brave medical doctors calmly tried to resuscitate a newborn child whose heart wasn’t moving. The child was so new, yet went through a lot and was at some point smacked severally in the rear till he cried and started to breathe normally. It was very moving as well as hard to watch but thankfully the doctors were early and quick to spot the issue and save the child.
From our scripture text, man’s life here on earth is short but filled with hardship. From a different angle, it could also be said that even a baby of only a few minutes already has trouble waiting for him. Whichever way we choose to view it, it is clear that trouble is inevitable (Jn 16:33).
Many believers wait until certain situations get very bad before they begin to pray. If the devil doesn’t wait for anyone to settle down in life (including children) before he attacks, why then do we wait before we pray?
In Psalm 50:15 God says “Call on me in the day of trouble…”. If we’ve established that man’s days on earth are inevitably filled with trouble, do we wait for that day or do we instead get into prayers immediately? This is another reason why believing parents must teach their children to pray from their early age.
An early prayer life, especially as one rises up for the day, helps prepare and equip one with the much-needed grace to face certain tough situations and overcome them.
Start your day always, praying in the Spirit as well as in your understanding, using the Word. As you do so, God will go ahead of you, and just like when Jesus prayed for Peter, will keep you from falling (Lk 22:31-32).