Chronos Vs Kairos Prayer & Time



Day 28

Time. We can’t buy it, we can't sell it, we can't get it back. Time. It is one of the most valuable resources we have but also one that is the most wasted. We have to change our mindsets and our language to understand that time is a valuable currency from Heaven. One of the most talked-about but often misunderstood concepts is the difference between Chronos and Kairos. There is so much writing about this, today I want to focus on it as it relates to prayer. Lou Engle explains it so well in “Digging the Wells of Revival” that I dare not attempt to rewrite it.

He shares the following”

“This ordinary prayer in dry times is what I call chronos prayer—that is, prayer within chronos (ordinary) time. It’s the day in, day out prayer that seems to have little effect, but in truth is slowly filling the bowls of Heaven. We often have no idea that our prayers are doing anything; but day by day, little by little, we are preparing for the moment of climax, as when a woman gives birth to her baby: “The smoke of the incense, Digging the Wells of Revival together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand” (Rev. 8:4).

Kairos prayer, on the other hand, is the travail that brings the special times, the “divine appointments” on God’s calendar, to pass: “Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake”

(Rev. 8:5). These times are characterized by certain climatic events—for example, “the time [kairos] of harvest” spoken of in Matthew 13:30 (KJV). What is important here is that much prayer must be presented to the Lord during the chronos times before there can be an overflowing into kairos events. As intercessors, we may pray for years in chronos tedium before we experience the kairos passion of God’s great visitations.”


There is so much spiritual meat here! When we look at the word of God there are numerous (too many to count) stories regarding the people of God praying, seeking God, seeking the will of God etc. It is vital in this hour that you understand the difference between Chronos and Kairos and implement prayer strategies to align with the will of God. The Bible states:


Ecclesiastes 3 New International Version (NIV)

A Time for Everything

3 There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.


Take the time to study, reflect, remap and strategize for the Time you are in and that is to come.

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