Do We Have Time to Pray?

The school called. My son is sick. I grabbed my bag and was at the school in about five minutes. Taking him home, putting him to bed, giving him medicine. I dropped everything and took care of him.

Coincidentally, I read in Luke just this  morning about Jesus being called on to care for sick people. What I noticed was actually astonishing!  I thought about  dashing to school to pick up my son and reflected on Jesus, being called on by hundreds of people (most likely) to help them with their physical needs, sicknesses, diseases and disabilities.
Starting in Luke 4:33 – what a crazy day Jesus had. First he went to the temple and a demon possessed man screamed at him, the he went to Peter’s house and healed his mother-in-law of a fever, then that evening, more people come and find him and he heals people all evening. Big day for Jesus.
The next morning, he’s up early and he’s gone. What is amazing, is that I am sure there are more sick people waiting for him and looking for him. People who are SICK. Yet, Jesus put as a priority a prayer time. He walked away from something I find the most urgent and he prayed!  If Jesus can find time amid the demands of dying children, crippled fathers and suffering people to get away and pray…then what excuse could I possibly have to skip my prayer time?  Can I possibly be too busy for prayer?  What is more urgent to a parent than a sick child?  And if Jesus felt the same way with the needs of suffering people yet he withdrew, he made space. He put EVEN the urgent on hold, for prayer.
I have no excuse. Nothing is more important than this sacred space of time to whisper words to my Heavenly Father.

Learning For Yourself

I’m worried about people learning for themselves. It’s so easy to access podcasts, sermons online and inspirational videos.  You almost don’t need to read the Bible for yourself. However, we can’t live off of other people’s revelations of God. We need our own personal revelation. We need God to speak to us and our specific life situations each and every day. This can’t happen by listening to a podcast or watching a video.  Yes, sometimes the messages are exactly what we need to hear and seem perfectly curtailed to what we’re going through. However, God desires an even greater intimacy with us.  He can speak directly to our hearts through his Word. The Bible is not too complex for us to understand. We do not need a degree in Greek or a commentary to understand the stories and teachings of Jesus. The Bible was written for everyone. The Bible was written for me and you!  When we read the Bible for ourselves, God can give us the peace in our hearts we need to make it through a fierce storm or an inspiring scripture for us to memorize and mediate on. Read the Bible!  Memorize scriptures.  Let’s not forget that God can and wants to speak directly to us through His timeless book.  Start today!

The Lonely Place of Prayer

“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:15-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The last kiss was given and I drove away. My four oldest children are back in school and the day ahead of me feels like clouds parting and the sunshine of opportunity spreading out before me.

I have a list of everything I need to get caught up on but in my eagerness to get busy, I remember Luke 5:15.  ”But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
I have some space in my schedule but I need to first fill it with a set time to pray. It is lonely, it is hard to be disciplined, it is less exciting than returning my daughters shirt to the department store, calling my mom, picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy and bringing the truck in for a tire rotation. I thrive on motion, but Jesus is calling. He’s so faithful to remind me to come away and find stillness and quiet and to be with Him.
Today, I must remember to withdraw from my activities and find that lonely place of solitude and prayer.  I need to build my day around this pivotal time and not simply hope I can squeeze in a few prayers between errands. How about you?  Is it a struggle to find solitude and prayer?