6.11.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Time and Jesus


PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Time can be overwhelming.
Especially when your name is Denise and you are determined to fill every waking second with something.
I know I’m not alone in this.
For many of us, it feels wrong to rest and lazy to not have a mile-long to-do list.
Anyone else?
Don’t cue the cricket sounds and leave me hanging here…
I know I can’t possibly be alone in this.
Anyway, I woke up at 4:30 this morning and thought “It’s almost the weekend.”
It took me a minute to remember that it’s only Tuesday.
This will definitely be a “I need a whole lot of coffee and even more Jesus” kind of day.
When I realized the day of the week, I started thinking about the day when God stopped the sun so Joshua and the Israelites had more daylight for their fight against the Amorite kings (Joshua 10).
I wondered if God and I could negotiate a little Heavenly adjustments to the clock today so I can meet all my deadlines without stressing…
(I have a feeling God facepalms Himself a lot where I’m concerned…)
That fleeting thought aside, the real answer lies in my ability to look to Jesus for everything.
Even in the market research report I’m preparing today…
Even in the social media posts I will post for my clients in the next few minutes…
Even at the Chamber meeting where I’ll be at noon…
1 Chronicles 16:11 says, “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”
It’s not about time-management as Franklin Covey explained it.
The most important part of managing our time is inviting Jesus to be a part of it.
Every part of it.
Because when we have His presence, we have His strength, and when we have His strength, we have His peace.
Jesus just puts it all in perspective, even when our agendas are bursting at the seams.
The truth is, we don’t have time NOT to include Jesus in our lives.
And as much as we could argue, “God has better things to do than to listen to my prayers about this work project,” the truth is that He cares anyway.
He wants us to be completely dependent on Him and to do that means admitting that we need Him when we’re building spreadsheets and outlining a new presentation.
We need Him at the grocery store, when we’re pumping gas, and when we are walking the dog.
All those mundane, time-consuming moments need Jesus.
Even on mornings when you’re confused about the day of the week.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for caring about the details.
Ask Him to be involved in your day.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you look to Jesus for everything you do.

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