I am a musician, a right-brained type (though I do really enjoy logic), a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of person. I enjoy spontaneity and variety. While I see the great value of scheduling and discipline, it’s often difficult for me to force myself into routine, but especially where things like prayer are concerned, routine is a good thing, and it’s something that Jesus modeled for us.

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. – Luke 5:16

Yesterday, the emphasis was on getting away from it all in order to pray. Today, in part two of this series, I want to hone in on one word:

Often

Especially given the particular goal that started this blog in the first place – the goal to learn to pray at least once every minute – the word often is especially pertinent.  It’s worth noting that often in this passage applies not just to Jesus’ prayers, but also to the point that it was often done in solitude.

I live in a busy world, and I have a lot of plates spinning, and I’m sure many of you do as well. Many of those plates were given to us by God, and it is our responsibility to keep them spinning. Some people have a greater load than others, but as Kevin Weatherby pointed out yesterday, we are all called to follow God within the context in which we find ourselves.

You may not be in a situation in which you can be alone for extended periods of prayer every day, and that doesn’t make you less spiritual. If you are a single mom holding down two jobs, paying rent, raising two kids on your own, and barely making ends meet, you’re not less Godly if you aren’t finding somewhere to be alone to pray for two hours every day than the monk living in a monastery who prays for five hours every day.

On the other hand, some of us may have taken on more responsibilities than we need to, and where those things are over and above what God has given us, they will suck us dry. In those instances, changes really do need to be made.

The point is that Jesus prayed regularly, and took time to pray by Himself often. It wasn’t haphazard.  It wasn’t when I get around to it. We don’t need to get legalistic about this, but we should take what we can get, and make changes where we can. When we do, we will find guidance, strength, and peace, even in the middle of a hectic life.

Even if you can’t get away for long periods of time every day, where can you regularly find smaller chunks in your schedule (even if only five minutes here and there) when you can stop everything else and pray?

If you gave God your schedule, do you think there are some things that He would remove from it?

…tune in again tomorrow for Part 3: When Prayer Trumps Action

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