The other day I woke up late and started my day significantly behind schedule. I had a phone message that needed attention and a number of e-mails in my inbox that required responses as well as a full schedule for the day. In an effort to save time, I read my scripture study quickly, with little attention, and skipped my regular prayer time.
Predictably my day didn’t go well. I started behind and seemed to get further behind at every turn. I went from one ineffective action to another, accomplishing little. Halfway through my day I realized what my biggest issue was. I failed to honor the Lord by giving Him my attention first. I didn’t commit my entire day to Him through prayer. I confessed my shortcomings, reread my scripture, and prayed through my prayer list for the day. While my day was still off-balance, the Lord provided peace for the rest of my day.
This reinforced a key Bible verse that most of us know: “pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NIV) It is a good reminder for me and the rest of us. When we slip, we need to stop what we’re doing, confess our shortcomings to the Lord, and alter our path. On this particular day I never fully recovered but when I stopped and took time I didn’t believe I had, my day improved. A wise pastor once preached, “The more responsibility you have and the busier your schedule with more demands on your time requires more prayer to accomplish those activities than when you have little to do.” This was good counsel.
I encourage you to place personal devotional time on your schedule and maintain that commitment as a high priority. My experience is that my days go better when I do. I believe yours will also.
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