Do you ever find it difficult to sit still, put your body at rest and lift your heart and mind up to God in earnest prayer? I know I do! It seems our natural inclination these days is to go, go, go and to fill our days with activities and tasks that need to be completed. We have digital calendars and address books, Facebook reminders, friend requests, email that needs to be read and a million other things that vie for our attention.
Our jobs, our families, our hobbies and even our churches; these are good things and gifts from the Lord. We have a responsibility to love and care for those around us, especially those who are brothers and sisters in Christ. This is absolutely a God-given duty, and not to be taken lightly.
But what about God? Where does He fit? He who is high and lifted up, the creator and the one who sustains it all. He has such great love for us that He gave His only son to go and die a cruel and horrible death on a Roman cross just so we could be redeemed and have the opportunity for salvation and eternal life. If He is our savior then He must be first. And for Him to be first we must abide with Him through prayer and through time spent in Bible study and meditation on Him and His word.
This is a lesson that I am still learning but when I am successful in putting it into practice I am always blessed and always amazed at what the Lord can do in my life. One of the most wonderful truths of God’s love for us is that He desires to work in us, through us and along side of us, if we will allow it. The all powerful God who needs nothing chooses imperfect vessels such as you and I to carry out His work and to show His love. If we allow that to happen then there is such great joy and great blessing that is poured out on us and through us!
But before we can be used, we must be connected. And to be connected we have to train ourselves to slow down and to listen. We must listen for His still small voice as we lift our hearts and minds in prayer and we must learn to be still and to know that He is God. We need His Word, the Bible, foremost in our thoughts and His truths written on our hearts so that we might not sin against Him and so that we might be well equipped to serve as His hands and His feet.
This is a process. It does not happen overnight. It requires care and attention, focus and effort. But the rewards are eternal and marvelous, both for us and for those touched by God working through us.
Whatever else might be happening in your life right now, however big or small it might seem, it doesn’t matter as much as the call to pray, to worship and to be still before God. Be right with Him and He will take care of all else.
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” Matthew 7:24-27 (NASB)