SCRIPTURE: Luke 18:1 (TM)
Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit.
The story is told that Martin Luther stated that he had an extremely busy day so he needed to spend 3-hours in prayer.
Unlike Dr. Luther we are just the opposite – the busier our day less time we spend in prayer… if we spend time in prayer at all.
It is easy to observe those who have spent very little time in prayer during our days. They are the ones who get frustrated easily. They get anxious over little things. Worry dominates their minds and spirits. They “rush” from one activity to another without ever really taking the time to breath. Sound familiar? Sound like your life and mine?
The professor was simply standing in the hall. I was rushing to class. “Hey, Martin, where are you going?” “To your class sir.” “Well, I’m not there yet. Just stop and pray… and we will walk in together.”
Stop and pray. It is like breathing. It is a curious thing - none of us could live without breathing and all the while we think we can live without praying. And yet, prayer is as essential to living as breathing is.
It is a great lesson from the reformation leader. If Martin Luther looked at his extremely busy day and decided he needed to spend more time in prayer why should we?
“Pray consistently and never quit.” Great words. Difficult to practice.
More important than breathe. More lasting than life itself. Fill our lungs with prayers of the heart and may it calm us and direct our day.
QUOTE: C.S. Lewis - The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.