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December 29, 2017 - Prayer Warriors

Many of us have a hectic daily schedule.  We start the day with caffeine to “jump start” our engines and get us “in the game”, ready to take on the world.   Next, a quick review of our busy schedules verifies we are on course to make all of life’s offerings fit into the 24-hour day we have.  We tell our selves that a busy life is a happy life.  Is that true?  Are we happier when we are busier?  Does having more activities equal having more joy?  Is that the true plan for life or are we missing something wonderful as we rocket past it?

Perhaps we were never meant to be always occupied by a meeting, or an activity or even a TV show.  Maybe we were meant for more of something else and less of what the world tells us is important.  Could it be we signed up for the wrong game?
The Bible tells us some important thigs about the use of our time:

  1. There is a time for everything under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
  2. Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
  3. Be still, and I know that I am God (Psalm 46: 10 a).

Jesus often took time to pray, to just speak with God (see Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12, Luke 22:32, John 17:1-2 for just a few examples).  The Gospels record many events that Jesus shared with his disciples as well as huge crowds.  To say Jesus was busy is an understatement.  But in the midst of it all his busyness, Jesus always found time to withdraw from his busy schedule, to disengage, and spend time speaking with God, his heavenly father.   Jesus did not acquiesce to what the world said he should do with his time.  Instead, he decided what was important and used his time on those things.   In the end, the human part of Jesus was continually renewed and both he and the world were the better because of it.

Look at your schedule.  Add up the time you spend doing various activities, then add up the time you spend just chatting with God.  Which list is longer?  Being busy is not a sin.  But missing time with God cuts us off from the greatest source of joy and renewal we will ever know.

Prayer

Lord give us time to spend with you.  And when we have that time, help us NOT to fill it with busyness but with the best life has to offer: time with you.  In Jesus name we thank you and praise you. Amen.