“But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen.” (Matthew 6:6)
Here we are at the beginning of August and I’m wondering how it got here so fast. I know, I know; “time is fleeting.” And it seems to pass faster the older I get. There are lots of other truisms about the passage of time; naturally, I don’t have time to quote them. But seriously now, August?
With seven months of the year behind us, it’s time for a checkup on our use of time. How have you been using yours? William Penn, the real estate mogul, Quaker and founder of the Pennsylvania colony, is quoted as saying:
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” (William Penn)
I’ve found that to be too true. There are times in my life when I’ve wasted this most precious resource and gift from God. The excuse I use is that I don’t have enough time to take care of the important things. But the truth is, you make time for what’s important.
Since I’m finding some great quotes on the internet, here’s one more that’s worth thinking about:
“There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.” (Leo Christopher)
I like this one. It turns the question of using time inside out. It’s not so much how you spend your time but who you spend it with. Who do you spend your time with? Family? Friends? Are you spending some quality time with God?
Jesus knew the importance of spending time with God. “After he had sent them away, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone” (Matthew 14:23). Jesus knew that in spite of his busy schedule with the crowds (or, really, because of it), he needed time with God. Jesus understood the only way to know the will of the Father was to spend some time away from the busyness of the world. That way he could listen for the voice of God, receive the affirmation of his loving Father, and draw strength for the work of the Kingdom.
We, too, need spend time with God every day. It doesn’t matter when you pray (morning, noon, evening or night); and, it doesn’t matter how you pray (out loud, silently, standing, sitting). What matters is who you spend the time with.
Be blessed. “Pray without ceasing, pray.”