Sunday, June 26, 2016
I agree with him halfway. It reminds me of a funny story when I was in college. A friend of mine was trying to have his "quiet time" in his dorm room one day. He was trying to spend time in prayer and Bible study. His roommate kept interrupting him and talking to him and joking with him. He finally yelled at his roommate to leave him alone so he could have his quiet time!
You see the two extremes. I think that wisdom (as it often does) has us walk the path between the two. Many times when I'm on my prayer walk, my phone lets me know that someone has messaged me. It would be easy to see this as an interruption and to ignore the message. After all, isn't it more important that I spend time with God?
But it's not either/or. As with so many things in our spiritual lives, it's both/and. Many times, when I take that message, I hear from a friend who needs prayer. And I can take it to Him right then. Many times, I need to give the person advice, and my prayer gives me the wisdom I so desperately need to give decent advice.
You might remember I talked about ora et labora in a previous blog. Prayer and work. And that concept applies to our relationships, too. So, to revisit our two stories, should the man who is praying and remembers his wife who needs help stop praying and help her? No. He should KEEP praying, and help her. Should my friend push his roommate out of the room (or find a place away from him) to have his time with God? Well, maybe. But maybe he can spend time with God, in prayer, while talking to his roommate.
We can involve God in everything we do. That is, actually, what "pray without ceasing" means. And you'll find that when we involve Him in our everyday activities, He transforms them into much more amazing versions of themselves.
Thanks, God, for helping us invite You into every aspect of our lives.