Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.” At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper. (1 Kings 19:11-12 HCSB)
Life is busy isn’t it? Just when I think I have a break from something, I find myself running the roads even more. It makes it hard to stop and enjoy life in the moment. Plus, when are we supposed to spend time with the Lord?
This is a subject that has come up several times in the past few months. We all have busy lives, so how are others fitting in a quiet time? One mom said she reads her devotion as she sits in the carpool line waiting for her kids. There was a time when I woke up early to have my devotion. I’ve also had my devotion at night before I went to bed. Now, I’m able to do my devotion after my kids have left for school.
The important thing is to set aside time to spend with our Heavenly Father. It’s like spending time with that person who is closest to you. You know, your best friend, your significant other, or, perhaps, you talk to your mom or dad more than anyone else. Whoever it is, we don’t go weeks without talking to them. It should be the same with our Lord.
In Luke 6:12, it says, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray and spent all night in prayer to God. But, let’s think about this for a moment. Before this time of prayer, He healed a man with a paralyzed hand. Before that, He ate at a banquet in the home of Levi the tax collector. And, before that, He healed a paralyzed man whose friends lowered him from the ceiling because the crowd was too large to get through. And, before that . . . well you get the idea. The point is, Jesus was busy during His ministry. The Bible says wherever He went the crowds followed. Yet, He still made time to be with His Father in heaven. Of course, there were times when He tried to slip away to pray, but the people found Him. He would teach them, but after that, He would find a quiet time for God.
Everyone’s situation is different, but you can find a prayer time that right for you. Our lives are always changing and our prayer time may need to change with it. With our busy lives, you and I may need to be like another person I know. They set their alarms to remind them to pray for a certain person in their lives. Now a days, you can download devotions and Bible apps that will even notify you at certain times of the day. What’s important is that you begin somewhere and make the effort to stick to it.
Lord, thank you for the example that Jesus made to always try to spend time with You. He was just as busy as I am, but He still made the time. Help me to follow his example, and do a better job at finding time with you. Forgive me for those time I missed an opportunity to have a quiet time.