This is my reality…

I live in a world filled with noise.

From the time I get up until I lay my head on the pillow each night, there is almost always something competing for my attention. There are schedules to keep, people to feed, phone calls to answer, work deadlines to meet, laundry to fold, homework to monitor, projects to complete, service commitments to fulfill, extracurricular activities to attend… and the list goes on and on (no kidding, in the time it took me to type that sentence I just received four new text messages). And if I do happen to have a few extra minutes to myself? I either wonder what I’m forgetting, I habitually fill the empty spaces with even more noise, or I’m fast asleep in three minutes flat.

Please, someone tell me you can relate.

I know what you’re thinking. Of course noise is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, much of the fullness in our lives comes from the incredible blessings of people, opportunities, and callings that are straight from God himself. But without proper balance, life’s demands and this “noise habit” that we often fall into can rob us of spending intentional time with God that is so vital to real living.

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Jesus lived in a world filled with noise. 

The assignment of coming down to Earth to seek and save the lost was definitely a full-time job. Jesus was bombarded by constant crowds, demands, and opportunities to do good. Even after putting in a long, hard day’s work, there was always another town, another need… another soul that needed His attention.

The noise and the need was His calling.

But instead of constantly remaining in the noise, Jesus often chose to retreat to a quiet place to spend time in the presence of His Father.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where he prayed.

 

After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.

 

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

 

He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed.

 

Once when Jesus was praying alone…

 

If Jesus needed time alone with His Father in prayer, then how much more do we?

Listen, I’m right there with you: life is busy and the noise sometimes seems impossible to escape. But we make time for what we value, don’t we? We set our phone alarms so we’re sure to not miss important work meetings and our favorite television shows, but we’ll go days without prayer because life is just too full. That, or maybe we’re just too full of ourselves.

But what if instead of ten more minutes of sleep, we set our alarms to get up early… to pray?

What if instead of whipping out our smart phones at stoplights and in elevators… we prayed?

What if instead of catching up on social media or texting our friends (gasp)… we first took time to pray?

What if on the drive to work or school we turned off the radio and in the quiet of the moment… committed our day to prayer?

What if on our lunch breaks we escaped to a spot outside in nature… for the sole purpose of connecting with God through prayer?

What if – at PRAYER MEETINGS – we spent less time talking, and more time praying?

What if in our noisiest times, we chose to intentionally retreat to a quiet place to spend time in the presence of our Father?

Why is this important? Because we live in a world filled with noise all around us, and we can’t afford NOT to withdraw to pray.

Father, turn our hearts to value prayer more than the noise…

“I desire then that in every place the men should pray… ” ~ 1 Timothy 2:8

 

At His feet,

*Let’s talk: Today, will you commit to withdrawing from the noise to pray? Tell us when and where you’ll pray in the comments below, and one by one, let’s encourage each other and begin a prayer revival around the world!

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{Week 2} Challenge: For one whole day – from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed at night – record in detail on a sheet of paper how you spend your time. Is a time of intentional prayer already scheduled into your day? If not, determine what changes you need to make to eliminate unnecessary “noise” so that prayer becomes a greater priority among your daily tasks.

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