No time to spare
“I don’t have time for that.” We’ve all said it. Our schedules are too full to make even one more commitment. We simply don’t have any more time to give!
Each of us has the same amount of time at our disposal as anyone else.
- Seven days each week.
- Twenty-four hours each day.
- One thousand, four hundred and forty minutes each day.
How I use that time reveals my priorities. I will do whatever I feel is most valuable or most important.
Stuck at an intersection
This morning I approached an intersection where a police officer was directing traffic. A work crew was resurfacing the road. The officer looked at me, pointed to his watch, and displayed ten fingers, saying, “It’s going to be ten minutes before I can let you through.”
I had twenty minutes before my next appointment so I put my vehicle in park and reached for my phone. That seems to be an automatic default these days. I caught myself and thought, “I can check my email or dialog with the living God.” I chose the later.
I broke down those ten minutes using the ACTS acronym, which stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. I spent ten minutes praising God for who he is, acknowledging my shortcomings, thanking him for what he has done, and asking him to do what only he can in the lives of specific people.
Reflect over the following questions:
- If those who meet Jesus through Alsbury are only those you have prayed for, how many would be saved in the coming weeks?
- If the Lord moves in our worship services only in response to your prayers, what should we expect this Sunday?
- If God interacts with our children at camp this week only if we pray, what will their testimony be upon their return?
- If the impact of our mission partners around the world is tied directly to our prayers, what breakthroughs should they expect to witness.
Prayer is so important, yet we devote so little time to actually praying!
“I have so much to do that I must spend the first three hours of the day in prayer.”Martin Luther
- Time in prayer demands we clear our schedules and eliminate distractions.
- We have to say no to good things in order to say yes to a great thing.
- We must turn the television off, leave our phones in another room, and focus our hearts and minds in prayer.
Would you join me in renewing a commitment to prayer?
Would you analyze your daily commitments to find those things
to eliminate so that prayer can be added?
Would you pray for me, “that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19).”