Read: “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
We are 18 days into “21 Days of Prayer.” How are you doing? Have you prioritized spending time with the Lord daily, or do you find it slipping farther and farther down your to-do list? While having a quiet time is of utmost importance, it won’t always come naturally; it’s a commitment that requires effort and protection.
Once again, we can see these principles in action when we look at the life of Abraham. In the Old Testament, meeting with God was a big deal. It required an altar – building it from rocks, collecting wood, building a fire and sacrificing an animal. During one of Abraham’s sacrifices in Genesis 15, two birds of prey swoop in and try to snatch up the animal. Rather than letting it go, Abraham fights them off, fiercely guarding the sacrifice he has made to God.
Thankfully, spending time with God today doesn’t require us to build a fire or slaughter an animal, but we must take it just as seriously. Like Abraham, we battle so many things that seek to steal our attention: laziness, busyness, negativity, shame. Are you going to allow them to snatch up your carefully planned quiet time? Or will you stand by your commitment and fend them off?
Benjamin Franklin once said, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Be ready for the vultures that try to steal this time away from you, and ask God to help you succeed.
Do: Take stock of your day today. What does your time with God need to be protected from? Laziness? Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier, and refuse to hit snooze. Busyness? Put God at the top of your to do list, and the rest will fall into place. Negativity? Don’t turn on the tv or engage in social media. Shame? Read Hebrews 4:16 before beginning your quiet time.