Pray All The Time … Sometimes Only Pray!

There is a little scene that plays out in my household every Monday night.  Well, every Monday night from September through December anyhow. This is what you would see if you came to my house on a Monday evening.  I’m going to be in my “man cave.”  Of course I will have Monday Night Football on a 61” DLP Television.  It doesn’t matter who is playing, it’s on.  I have my laptop; in my lap of course.  I have a webinar I participate in for 45 minutes every Monday evening.  I also have some other tabs open on my web browser so I can surf the web during the webinar.  I have the box scores from Sunday’s football games up so I can browse to see if there might be a player who is beginning to make some plays.  I need to filter through this information so I can know who to target on the waiver wire on Tuesday for my fantasy football teams.  I also have my fantasy football sites on a tab so I can keep track of the scores and my players who may be playing on Monday night.  I have to admit there is usually a tab open with Facebook too. I also have a technical analysis chart open so that I can check the tone of the stock market and so I can also sift through stocks to see if there are any that may be at a good point for purchasing options within the next few days.  So there it is. Watching TV, surfing the internet, listening in on a webinar and analyzing stocks.  I think you could say I’m multitasking.

Lately, I’ve been hungry for God.  Really I’m not sure hungry is the right description.  It may be more like that feeling when you’ve had the wind knocked out of you.  You know you’re not about to die or anything but you just need some air! You feel helpless and all you want to do is breathe!  That’s a pretty good description of my spiritual life recently.  I desperately want to hear from God.  I need Him.  So I am constantly trying to talk to God all the time. You know, Pray without ceasing.  “Lord I would like to hear from You”  is one of my main prayers.

Then I did hear from Him …. Last night ..… in the middle of it all  …. He said …

“How can I talk to you when you are occupied with all of that?”

 

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3 Responses to Pray All The Time … Sometimes Only Pray!

  1. Steve Culp says:

    YIKES, He told me a few years ago it wouldn’t be so hard if I loved him….being love is what I do

  2. Cristal says:

    This hits home with me because this is definitely one of my greatest struggles. Not the stock market or make-believe football. But being tangled up with the affairs of life so much so that I’m distracted from the mission of Christ inside me (building the Kingdom).

    No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (2 Tim 2:4)

    God has taken me through a lengthy season of dying to these worldly pleasures and enterprises of civilian life. With each small death comes an abundance of joyful soul life. Even good things can engtangle me. There’s a simplicity to being a follower that we lose as we’re trapped by the endulgences beckoning our attention. I now try to stay alert to anything that seems to have control over my affections (and feel compelled to give it up).

    I had to give up my personal Facebook profile for that reason. If I can spend so much time browsing useless information, I have wasted valuable moments of life which could have spent in communion with my Father or tending to His business.

    “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.” (John Piper)

    Great post, preacher. 🙂

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