We live in a fast-paced, noisy culture. We are always going someplace or doing something. We are constantly being bombarded with noise, the radio, the television, text messages, phone calls.
In the midst of all of our busyness, it can be difficult to find time to pray and study the Word of God.
As Christian’s, it is easy to spiritualize our busyness. We can become so busy with church and church activities, so busy serving God that we never spend time with Him.
This spiritualized busyness shows that deep down in our hearts we believe a lie. We believe that we, in and of ourselves, are capable of serving God.
In truth, we are not.
All effective work for the Kingdom of God is born out of absolute dependence upon Him. If we are not spending time in the Word of God and in prayer, if we are not abiding in Him and depending on Him, then although we may be busy serving Him we are not being effective in our service.
If we only knew how desperately helpless we truly are we would never let a day go by without spending time on our knees.
Jesus said in John 15:4-5, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
Apart from Christ, we cannot do anything. In Jesus, we must live and move and have our being.
Recently I was convicted of the fact that I had slipped away from spending time in prayer and in the Word of God. I was so busy serving God and doing good things for God that I did not have time to spend with Him. The Holy Spirit showed me that I can only serve Him well if I am spending time in His presence. I can only love others well if I am first loving Him well.
I know the power of prayer. I have seen God intervene in my life in glorious ways and yet there is such a temptation to neglect prayer.
I know that I cannot accomplish anything of value without the grace of God and yet there is such a temptation to do things on my own.
If we truly understood the spiritual realm we would realize that it is impossible to be too busy to pray. In fact, every single one of us is too busy not to pray.
We are helpless. We are insufficient. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing. He is our sufficiency.