My Grace-Full Life

7.13.20 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Procrastinating Our Time with God

TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:1-2 ESV)

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I have a goal this week to drag the furniture on the screened porch downstairs to the backyard and clean it. This morning is my motivation. I used to have my prayer time on the porch, and today would have been a glorious morning to do that. But with the pollen and dust that’s accumulated on the chair? No. The problem is that I’m a complete procrastinator when it comes to that kind of thing. I like the house to be clean and neat, but I hate cleaning the outdoorsy stuff. I’m always afraid I’ll end up accidentally touching a bug. (Eww!)

Even the most motivated among us have their moments of procrastination. We have those chores we dislike so much… that report we need to do but just keep putting off… and it just doesn’t make sense to start that diet until next week… 

Many of us live with the attitude of, “Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?” And how tempting it is to apply this attitude to our prayer time and reading the Bible? After all, we’re busy! God knows we’re busy! He knows we have good intentions, and He will understand! 

Let’s go to Proverbs 13:4: “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Ummm… ouch!! “I’m not a sluggard!” That one kind of stings as we fight our way through excuses to justify ourselves. No one wants to admit when they procrastinate. And I’m not judging y’all. I have my moments too. 

But there’s much truth in the second part of the proverb: “the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” I wonder if Paul thought about that when he wrote to the Corinthians… “Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, ‘In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2). 

Today is the day to act. If you haven’t been saved, why are you waiting? If you have been meaning to start a new Bible study, why are you waiting? If you meant to pray, what is stopping you right now? If you haven’t read your Bible, then why are you reading this?

Today is the best day to do it. And when tomorrow becomes today, it’s the best time to do it again. Every day is the best day to be in fellowship with God! And without question, investing time with God will always richly supply our souls.

Today, as you pray, thank God for this new day. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill your heart with a longing to invest daily time in prayer and your Bible. If you haven’t been saved, ask Jesus to live in your heart! There is no better moment than right now to live for Christ!

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