Our society is all about speed.
High speed Internet.
Weight loss fads.
Highways and Horsepower.
Our time is precious to us and we want to do things as quickly as possible so as to not miss out on anything. We hate waiting in lines, being stuck in traffic, and seeing anything other than instant results. I know I recommit over and over again to eating healthy and working out consistently but quickly fall off the bandwagon when I don’t see the needle on the scale moving as quickly as I would like. I decide I want to start a new business but get frustrated when I’m not raking in the cash immediately. Do you ever have these same tendencies?
How often do we gloss over or skip prayer because we don’t see instantaneous results? How often is our prayer time crowded out by the other pressures of life vying for our attention?
I do this all the time! I rarely stick to my scheduled prayer time in the morning. When I was working my office job I would pray every day as I got ready and drove into work. I knew that I needed to have my head on straight and be prayed up for the day’s tasks. But now that I work from my kitchen table, I often forget to pray in the morning. While I incorporate prayer into my day, I don’t have that designated time for communing specifically with God.
While I know prayer is not a “waste of time”, I often let it get choked out by other priorities.
“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” Mark 1:35
“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”” Matthew 26:36
“It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”” Luke 11:1
My excuses are so ridiculous in the light of verses like these. Jesus, the son of God, who was out and about healing people, casting out demons, and preparing the disciples to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, had time to pray. In fact, he made it a priority. Lord, help me!
While I don’t think many Christians would intentionally or verbally call prayer a “waste of time” I believe we often live like it is. Our actions say that we have more important things to do, yet Jesus never did that. He sought out opportunities to commune and speak with the Father. His priorities were in the proper order and was the perfect example for us.
Today, let’s spend a little longer in prayer than we’re comfortable, knowing that we’re in the right place at the right time with the God who loves us and won’t let any good thing pass us by (James 1:17).
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