“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!
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.
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