Too busy to pray......
Busy. I’ve written about ‘busy’ before. But it is a problem that plagues me, and I am pretty sure it plagues many of us.
It has come to the forefront of my thinking this week because I keep making the mistake of thinking I have too much to do to spend time praying. Even as I write that, it seems absolutely ridiculous. But that is the lie I am believing. It’s a good thing that tonight is the Evening of Prayer for women, because I am pretty sure God has a thing or two to say to me……
What has brought me to the point that I am rationalizing shortened prayer times? What could possibly be more important than listening to the Father, meditating on the words of Scripture that I just read and saying them back to Him, sharing my heart and my concerns for others? Why, instead of joyously looking forward to tonight’s prayer time, am I thinking of a dozen other things that I could be doing?
I know from past experience that this is coming from spiritual warfare – certainly the Enemy does not want us to pray. But I am submitting to that manipulation instead of fighting it, because it feeds my desire to control my life. Yet I know from experience that taking time out to be quiet before the Lord, whether in my living room or in the sanctuary, will be sweeter and more satisfying than any activity I could dream up.
“Finally be strong in the LORD and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the scheme of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication... Ephesians 6:10-18a
There is an opportunity to pray together tonight, October 18, 7:00-8:30 pm at the church. Come. Enjoy the quiet, and enjoy the beauty of lifting up your heart and mind in the company of other women. And if you cannot come tonight, I am planning to offer an extended time of prayer for women in February or March of next year on a Saturday morning. It won’t be structured, it won’t be a ‘busy’ morning activity. Just time to worship, to sit and be quiet before the Lord, perhaps take a walk while talking with the Lord, maybe praying with others. I urge you (as I am urging myself) – make time for this. Set aside the other things that would interfere. Make time to be quiet, to rest in the Lord for a morning, to cry out to Him for the things you don’t understand, to lift others up to the throne of grace, and to let the Lord set your priorities. I will. And I will fight the Enemy’s darts with the shield of faith in the days leading up to it.
Will you join me in a renewed ‘grace-driven effort’ to pray daily with new vigor? Will you join us tonight, or in a couple of months to call out to God?
He is faithful and will hear the prayers of a righteous person. And we are righteous in Christ.