Tuesday, March 6, 2012

40 Days of Virtue: She Prays!

She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.
Proverbs 31:18 

"A day hemmed in prayer never unravels."
Have you heard this anonymous quote? I have a little plaque with these word hanging in my laundry room. Folding laundry is a good time to pray. Late at night is a good time to pray too, when everyone else in the house is sleeping. When daylight no longer tempts you to do other things. In fact, early morning is a good time to pray as well.

Verse 15 says that this godly woman is "up before dawn" to prepare for the day. Verse 18, she stays up late to make sure her dealings or "trading" is profitable. This businesswoman knows that everything she does is dependent upon prayer. Her most important "dealings" or "tradings" are with The Lord God Almighty. Her beauty comes from within because she moves in rhythm with the One who orchestrates her life. Everything she does begins and ends with prayer.

These verses, this image, portrayed of this woman always reminds me of a favorite passage of mine, Psalm 55:17:
"Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice." KJV
Put these together and the message is obvious!
Before morning. After dark. In the middle of the day.
Anytime. All the time. It's time to pray!

Don't wait for your day to unravel. Hem it in at both ends: before you begin and before you go to bed. And, who cares how many sheep there are? Pray even while you're in your bed! Pray yourself to sleep and imagine the sweet dreams you'll have.

And here's another good saying, "A stitch in time saves nine." If those stitches are in the hems of your prayers, just think what a great investment you're making when you pray before calamity strikes instead of waiting until things get desperately out of control.

We can save ourselves many problems if we just pray.
And listen.
And obey His soft still voice each day... 
"He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear like one being taught." Isaiah 50:4b


  1. Thank you, Cindy, for these 40 days of virtue. My heart is taking in them like water to a sponge! They have been so meaningful. Thank you and the other dear women who are contributing.

    Terri Shane

  2. Thanks Terri! So happy to do life together. I'm getting blessed too! Love you!


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