We all know we should pray but what we know we should do and what we actually do are two different things. For me prayer in the morning works best. If not, then my day starts rolling and I find it hard to slow down and get into the prayer zone.
Sometimes my prayer life is like driving on the highway at 2 in the morning. Nothing to slow me down, nothing to distract me, it’s just smooth sailing. Other times my prayer life is like driving downtown in the summer. Stop and go traffic, lots of detours and lots of distraction.
For all of us there is one lie we have either believed, are believing or will believe in the future.
“I’m to busy to pray.”
Even though all of these situations may be true, we are still not to busy to pray.
Let’s consider one day in the life of Jesus early in His ministry, from Mark 1.
After such a busy day, here is what Mark records happens next:
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
This is normally where the preacher would say, “Be more like Jesus, get up early tomorrow and start praying!!!!!! Let’s close in prayer.”
“Ok, yes I agree we should be more like Jesus but my challenge still exists. Where am I going to find the time?”
I know this will be difficult but just imagine for a moment that you are “average”. I know it’s going to be a stretch but try anyway:)
The average Canadians adult spends 30 hours a week watching TV.
The average 18-24 year old spends 31 hours a week online which includes 10 hours of watching TV.
The average Facebook user spends 400 minutes a month online. ( I think this one seems very low)
I think for all of us it’s more honest to say, “I choose to __________ instead of pray.”
My purpose it not to make you feel guilty but to remind all of us that there is enough time to pray.
The challenge of prayer will always be before us.
So what can we do to make prayer more consistent in our lives?
Finding time is a world that screams 24 hours a day for our attention is difficult but making prayer a priority will be the best daily decision you will ever make.
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