Have you ever had to cram for a really tough test? You knew that the only way to pass was to find a way to study effectively and learn lots of facts or grasp complex principles. Well, I’m currently preparing for the test called “today” in which I have more work to accomplish than usual and curious toddlers to watch in a house that’s being packed up. And I need to do more packing. But I know exactly how to pass the test.
Like all Christians, prayer and meditation on the Bible are needed to pass the test. We need them both every day. But when we know we can’t make it without the help of God, such as when someone’s extremely ill, we’re more prone to remember that prayer is an essential.
Anytime I hear someone say something like, “Why would God let this bad thing happen to me?” I can’t help but wonder if God allowed a difficult situation just so that person and their family would discover the joy of trusting in Him. Sometimes, harsh times are the only things that turn our eyes toward heaven.
Jesus was from heaven and yet spent a great deal of time in prayer and in focus upon His heavenly Father. He demonstrated for us that prayer precedes effective ministry. He was always sneaking away from crowds in order to pray, and this often meant giving up his night’s sleep.
Is there some sacrifice of an earthly pleasure you need to give up in order to pray more? For me, it’s as simple as giving up watching the morning news so that I can pray instead.
No matter how busy you are, the most important part of your day and mine is the time spent in prayer to and communion with God. It’s the biggest difference that can be made in whether you live dependent upon the grace and strength of God or simply operate under your own steam. Anyone who has experienced life both ways knows what I’m talking about. Can I get a witness?