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It is a practice that has biblical roots and is something the apostles held onto from their Jewish faith. For example, after the day of Pentecost we see the apostles remaining faithful to these moments: "Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour" (Acts 3:1). Later on in Acts we see again how Peter, even while traveling, remains faithful to this tradition: "The next day, as they were on their journey and coming near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour" (Acts 10:9).
Historically Jews prayed at fixed intervals throughout the day. King David, who is believed to have wrote the Psalms, proclaims,
“Evening and morning and at noon
I utter my complaint and moan,
and he will hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:17)
Even the prophet Daniel is shown to have paused at three moments.
“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem; and he got down upon his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” (Daniel 6:10)
The Jewish people developed a tradition of praying three times a day and the apostles simply continued that tradition. We follow in that tradition and invite you to join us on our Click to Pray app to pray these three moments, just as the apostles did 2,000 years ago.
- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)