“I don’t have time to pray today…”

“Be still, and know that I am God!” – Psalm 46:10

Question for the day:  Do you ever just have one of those days?

I have been doing so good this week.  I have gotten up early every day.  I have spent time in the presence of God.  Life has been so peaceful.

And then today happened.  I worked late last night, and I was tired.  So I overslept and was rushing to get to work on time.  And I have this big deadline today and I am not ready.  And my kids needed several things from me this morning, and my house was a wreck and the babysitter came and probably thought about calling DHR because we are living like animals, and I am starting school next week and I haven’t finished my assignments.  And oh yes, I have a date with my beloved tonight, and I want to be in a good mood for that (it would be nice to get a shower too…)  I have so many things going on:

I don’t have time to pray today!

Do you ever have days when you are so busy, and so many things are pressing down on you that you start looking for things to put off until tomorrow?  I don’t know about you, but being still and praying is always the first thing to go on my list (exercise is a close second!).  I hate to admit it, but it’s true.

I don’t know why that is my case.  I guess I could use the squeaky wheel excuse, because I have a lot of those.  But I think it just boils down to the fact that I am not very smart.  I mean, I have the ability to create peace for myself, and I think other things are more important.

I was reminded of that fact this morning by a quote from Bill Hybels in his book, “Too Busy Not To Pray.”

“Prayerless people cut themselves off from God’s peace and from His prevailing power; a common result is that they feel overwhelmed, overrun, beaten down, pushed around, and defeated by a world operating with a take-no-prisoners approach.”

That’s Me!

So when I got this reminder I just stopped.  I stopped what I was working on and just sat in the presence of the Lord.  It wasn’t easy, at first.  But after a few minutes, my mind calmed down and it was really good experience.  It is really nice just to let everything go and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you, even if it is just for a short while.

The issue, as I am coming to realize is one of trust.  If I stop for these few minutes, can I really  trust the Lord to help me accomplish all those things hammering for my attention?  We will see.  But the one thing that I am sure of is this:  Whether they all get taken care of, or not – my peace of mind and my heart rate are in much better shape to deal with them.  Thanks, Lord!

 

Good Shepherd,

Blessed are You.  For You are the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.  Have mercy on me when I fail to acknowledge You.   You are so gracious.  The minute I call Your name, You are there.  What a mystery You are to me, since my first intentions today were to ignore You altogether.  I am continually made aware of my weaknesses, but also Your divine provisions.

Thank you, my King, for Your steadfast love for me.  Although I can’t fully understand it, You make me feel as though I am a great treasure to You.  I have no words for that…

In the name of my Strong Tower I pray,

Amen

“Too Busy Not To Pray,” is a classic in the area of developing a consistent prayer life.  I highly recommend it.  If you are interested in purchasing it, you can find it at the Liberty Crossings Amazon store:

http://astore.amazon.com/libecrosuni0a-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=2

Both the hard copy and the kindle version are available on this page.  Be blessed!

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