Finding quiet prayer time in a busy world

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Matthew 11:28-30-Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

A couple months ago at Wellspring one of the attendees said she was trying hard not to say, “I’m busy,” when people ask her how she is. I loved this idea and I have been trying hard to do the same. Our brains are so programmed to answer with busy, this is a hard change to make. So as I slowly am trying to be more aware of my words I have to constantly ask God for help and continually remind myself of the change I am trying to make. Being involved and active and doing good each day is so important but we can’t let our busyness consume us and keep us from quiet time with God. For those of you who know me, you know that relaxing and sitting still are very difficult. I have to make a conscience effort to just sit and let my body and brain relax. My body is wired a bit differently than a lot of people’s and I have come to accept that and embrace it but that does not mean that I am not always trying to work on making more quiet relaxed time in prayer.

The last couple of months have been no exception for busy (all busy in a great way) and life is good but as this happens I find myself not spending as much time in the Word and in prayer. As I was sitting in a warm bath with essential oils and a hot cup of tea the other day, this devotion idea came to me. First, I was mad at myself for slacking on reading the Bible as much as I had been each morning and then I realized I had not been praying in depth as much as I had been. I oftentimes pray throughout my work day, but I realized I have been lacking on complete quiet time praying. We know that when we put God first and go to Him for our every need life runs more smoothly. So I am saddened that I was not being as consistent as I was but I am grateful for this wake up call and for a loving and forgiving God, who promises us in the verse above to give us rest. God is there for us always and we must keep Him at the front of all we do.

Find a way that you love to relax and make time for God and do that more often. For me, a warm bath and hot tea help me feel relaxed and clear my mind so I can pray and take all of my worries and thanksgivings to God. As the beautiful season of Christ’s birth comes upon us, let us not get caught up in the devil’s trap of busyness. Let us remember the reason we are celebrating and embrace each day with a deep joy that comes only from knowing Christ our Savior.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, We never want to be too busy for you. We know that we can give you all of our burdens and worries and you will give us rest. Please give us wisdom throughout the next few months to lean on you and not be burdened by the busyness of the world. Help us to find quiet time with you so we can see the many blessings you have given us. In your name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What things help you clear your mind for Bible reading and prayer?

How can you become less “busy?” Give one specific example of what you can change starting today.