We live in a hi-tech, fast paced, workaholic world where no one rests. We are constantly on the road, running errands, going places. We stuff ourselves with “fast food,” overbook our lives with a myriad of things to do, and at the end of the day we are totally exhausted.
We live (and die) by the clock. We are controlled by the need to produce. Time is money, time is how we keep in control of our lives. We resist quiet time by keeping the radios, televisions, computers and tablets on.
The very thought of being alone, praying, scares us to death. We want professionals to do that for us. We haven’t learned that relaxation and mediation breaks will empower us to do even greater things.
Thus, we continue to be busy. Consequently we are on a path to self-destruction, unable to help others, let alone help ourselves.
I know that I need to build in personal prayer time, time to relax, and time to “get away.” In yesterday’s Gospel (Mark 1:29-39), we see how Jesus took time away to pray and be refreshed. That is explicit.
What we fail to see is that Jesus set aside this time to yield to the power of God. I believe we need to learn to yield to the power of God too. That means being free from all other distractions so that God can empower us and refresh us. Then and only then can we help others as the power of God flows through us.
Thanks to Keith Wagner for sharing. Thanks to Naassom for the picture.
The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. C.S.Lewis
Are YOU ever alone for prayer time?
GOD WILL SPEAK TO ANYONE WHO WILL LISTEN!
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