by Pastor Scott
Is your world becoming busier and busier all the time? Having a hard time finding the time to get those necessary items off your to do list?
Well maybe you should pray more about it. Martin Luther once said, “I’ve got so much work to do today, I’d better spend two hours in prayer instead of one.” Luther was type of person who knew that with God’s help all things are possible, even if you need to spend a little more of that time in prayer with him.
We’ve been going through the book of Nehemiah, and he certainly demonstrates that spending more time in prayer with God was never a waste of time. Nehemiah became governor of Judah and brought the people together to rebuild a city with a purpose. But the first thing he did when faced with a monumental task, everyday business, or adversity was to pray.
If a person truly wants to get something done and get it done well, they need to take the time to pray about it. The time you take to pray isn’t wasted time, it’s the most important time of all.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “Pray without ceasing”, Ephesians 6:18 says to “…pray at all times in the Spirit…”, and Colossians 4:2 leaves no doubt about it: “Devote yourselves to prayer…”. So how can you find time to pray every day even when you feel like you don’t have time for anything?
I was reading a blog by a woman named Lois and here are four simple ways she outlined so that you can have more time for prayer every day:
1: Pray Before Your Feet Hit the Ground
One way to accomplish this is to wake up earlier. Try waking up even 20 minutes earlier and praying while you’re still tucked up in bed. Ask the Lord to energize you, to help you with whatever the day is going to bring and most of all, ask Him to help you glorify Him.
2: Pull the Prayer Trigger
We are creatures of habit and one way to pray without ceasing throughout your day is to train yourself to correlate certain activities or objects to a particular kind of prayer need. For example, every time you make a cup of coffee, pray for your family, every time you’re standing waiting in a line, pray for courage to stand strong in the truth, every time you make the beds, pray for the homeless.
3: Go into Your (Water) Closet
One place you are usually alone for a few minutes is the bathroom (unless you have kids under 5). Take advantage of this time and pray while you are in there about whatever God has placed on your heart. And make sure to wash your hands when you’re done and thank the Lord for washing you clean of your sins.
4: How About a War House?
If you haven’t seen the movie War Room yet, you need to watch it. In War Room, Miss Clara is a prayer warrior who writes out prayer strategies and pins them up in her closet. Why not use a combination of written prayers, Bible verse art, and even framed photos or Christian decor as prayer prompts in each room of your house?
Next time you’re drinking a cup of coffee, washing your hands, or driving to work, try putting these tips into practice. It won’t be long until you notice that taking the time with God is never wasted time, it’s time that will only strengthen to do things that Glorify Him.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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