Always be joyful. Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17
Today, I am challenged.
My Sunday School class has been studying prayer for the last couple months. This means that each week I talk to these children about the importance of talking to God, thanking Him, asking Him for guidance, and anything else in His name. This week, as we discussed the many ways the Bible teaches and instructs us on how to pray, I tell my Sunday School students this: “Even Ms. January struggles to find time to pray and read the Bible, and many days, Ms. January doesn’t pray or read at all!” Then, the look. That look on a child’s face that says, “What?? You mean YOU don’t pray?”
Gasp! That’s right, I admit it. There are days I fail to find time alone with God, and I am sure I am not alone. Between the rush to get the kids to school, the rush to work, the evening scramble to get through homework, snacks, dinner, along with the desire to accomplish all the housework, school work and other obligations I have, I overlook the need to find time alone with God.
After sending them home, Jesus went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Matthew 15:23
And, then I think about Jesus. A man who was certainly A LOT more busy than I am. Yet, he found time to be alone with God.
So, today I am challenged.
I am challenged to live out the theme our youth group has been exploring recently, to “Be the Change You Want to See in the World.” A Ghandi quote, yes, but one that is certainly relevant to the Christian life. If I want people to know Christ, I have to change my spirit to reflect Christ. If I want a group of third, fourth, and fifth graders to learn how to pray, then I must take the time to learn to pray as well.
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Colossians 4:2
So, today I am challenged…
… to slack on laundry, to spend a little less time reading school books, and spend a little less time talking to everyone else about what is going on in my life. Instead, I am challenged to spend a little less time slacking on my relationship with God, a little more time reading the Book, and a little more time talking to Him.
Today I am challenged. How about you?