Pray often, your life depends on it!
We talk about saving time as if we can pack it into a box for a rainy day. But no matter what we do, the minutes and hours tick by, unaltered by our efforts to change their pace. So, instead, we try to change ourselves.
We batch tasks, schedule every moment, and caffeinate ourselves in an attempt to get to work a bit earlier and keep working a few minutes later. Still, time slips through our fingers, and only Elohim knows the day and the hour when the race against time will end for us.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matityahu (mathew) 6:34
Although we can’t truly save time, we can stop wasting it on unnecessary activities, concerns, and mistakes. In this sense, we can rescue the time allotted to us from destructive habits and spiritual ignorance. How do we do this? Willpower, scheduling tricks, and motivational tips can only take us so far. What we need most is prayer.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to Elohim. Philippians 4:6
Prayer changes us on a spiritual chemical level as it deepens our relationship with the Elohim who created us in His image to be in fellowship with Him and with each other. Prayer also helps us be wise stewards of time because it:
- Invites Elohim into our activity
- Provides timely direction.
- Prevents wrong decisions.
- Eliminates worry and anxiety.
- Produces peacefulness.
- Produces confidence.
- Eliminates fretting.
- Sharpens discernment.
- Gives us energy.
- Prevents distractions.
- Reminds us to act now.
- Protects us from discouragement.
- Opens doors of opportunity.
- Helps us discern between busyness and fruitfulness.
Which of these benefits do you need the most? Spend less time wrestling with the hours in your day and make it your goal to pray first. You’ll see your priorities fall into place, feel your spirit lighten from under the burden of diminishing time, and experience a shalom-peace that comes with spending every moment in the presence and under the guidance of your heavenly Father, יהוה our Elohim .