"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
The Greatest Tragedy of the American Church
“I have so, much to do that
I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it.”—John
What an amazing quote! For many of us, staying busy is the key; for many of us, business is our number-one excuse for having no time to pray. From the time I became a Christian there has always been a deep desire in my heart to be a Man of Prayer. I must admit that I have failed over and over, in becoming the man who God wants me to be as it refers
to prayer, specifically. However, there was a season in my life, back in the
days when I used to have my own ministry, when I was closer than ever to live a life of prayer. As time went by and I took on other responsibilities, especially after returning to full-time Social Work; I moved away from those days of actually spending hours in God’s presence.
As I transition back to North
Carolina, I find myself with much time and freedom; I feel that there is an
explosion about to take place in my life. I feel that God is about to take me
to higher levels. However, God has stopped me on my tracks and has realy
slowed me down. God is calling me back to intimacy with Him; He is calling me back to His presence, to the times where time is not an issue. God is calling me to the most important thing we can do after being born-again: PRAY!
I heard some time ago that the
average pastor in America spends about fifteen minutes a day in prayer. That, my friends, is tragic! However, I can’t talk much myself, because I have found myself really neglecting these precious times. There is a resistance in our life to spend time in prayer and I believe that is, because deep inside we
consider those times a waste. I have been convicted by the Holy Spirit because, as I am back to North Carolina, I want to “Get Busy”; compared to my
Social Work responsibilities, what I am doing now is not much in terms of work, yet. However, this is my time to get lost in God’s presence; more so, if we follow John Wesley’s view on the matter; without prayer, we are really wasting our time in what we do because it’s not anointed. Not only that it’s not anointed, but without prayer; without the help of the Holy Spirit, we will work harder and never accomplish our goals. In the end, we end-up tired, burned-out and totally unfulfilled. In Luke 10:38-42, we see Jesus giving the most powerful teaching on prayer:
“Now as they went on their way,
he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her
home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks;
so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me
to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her’
Many of us find ourselves distracted
and worried about a million things; things that can and will be taken away from us at any moment. Mary, on the other hand, chose the “Better Part” and that is the one that can never be taken away from her; why; because it’s what has eternal ramifications. As I write these words, I need to repent myself for feeling guilty about having all this time to pray. Can you believe that?
We have been secularizing our
Christianity so, much that we look for man for promotions and favors; or as we like to call: networking. We go here and there, like a chicken without a head. Even as in the natural it seems like we are accomplishing things; spiritually, we are accomplishing very little. Donald Trump and many other celebrities around the world seem to have accomplished much; but how much of what these celebrities are doing will truly be counted in heaven?
I am fully aware that there is much
to do; from work responsibilities, taking care of the kids, yard work, house
work, etc. Our day can be consumed before we know it and those things must be done. However, the problem in our society is that we have placed these things above prayer, and that is America’s greatest tragedy in the Body of Christ. If you all would excuse me, I am going to enjoy this season; I am going after the Lord, I am going to reconnect like never before with my Master and He will direct my path!