We all have 24 hours in every day. No matter how much we try to give the excuse that our schedule is beyond our control, we need to acknowledge (with all honesty) that we ultimately take time for whatever we want to take time for; and in most of our lives and personal schedules, there's a lot of wasted time.
There's time to watch that movie we want to watch. There's time to browse the internet ('cause we want to just rest our brains for a minute). And there's time for a cup of coffee.
We're busy people. With busy lives. And yes, we love God and want to follow Him. But what about when we seriously can't "find time" to pray? As a busy mom of seven, I can definitely relate to this struggle; but with all honesty, I think we've got it backwards.
Consider your days
Instead of trying to "find the time" to pray, let's reevaluate the priority of GOD in our life, and in our days.
Rather than attempting to "fit" a new devotional time or quiet time into an already stressful and packed schedule, let's switch our mindset. If the whole point of life is to fulfill the purposes that God has for us, then it is simply common sense and prudence to take some time to check-in with Him, and to spend time with Him, so God can show us His direction and daily agenda.
Consider the example of Jesus
Think for a minute about Jesus. In just three short years, He had to provide God's only way of salvation for all of humanity; He had to establish His training program (through scriptural teaching and personal example) to explain God's kingdom to the whole world; and He had to equip His ground-level leaders (in deep theology and practical life skills) for future global impact. Talk about a time-crunch! Yet even with such a limited time and such an eternally important job, Jesus was never rushed or stressed-out.
Or think back a bit, to the years prior to Christ's ministry. Jesus took thirty years to simply live as a humble carpenter, and to simply "be" with His family and His Heavenly Father. If we had thirty-three years to accomplish a world-impacting plan, would we have spent thirty years doing . . . that?
But God's ways are different. He sees differently than we do. He thinks differenly - and far more brilliantly than our little brains could ever imagine. We don't realize the importance of prayer. But then, think about it. If we'd been in charge of developing the master eternal plan to save the world, would we ever have imagined the manger? Or the cross?
All throughout His life, Jesus took time to see things from God's eternal perspective. He was perfect and totally GOD-IN-THE-FLESH, yet He took time to always seek the Father's direction and guidance. Even when everyone else was busy and multitudes had pressing needs, Jesus took time to be quiet and to get away. He saw things from a different -- eternal, heavenly, and timeless perspective -- and He always found time for prayer. Just look at the time priorities of Jesus as seen in Mark 1:35-38:
"Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He [Jesus] went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. When they found Him, they said to Him, "Everyone is looking for you." But He said to them, "Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth."
Instead of being directed by the overwhelming needs of the moment, Jesus went to pray in a solitary place (and He didn't even tell His disciples where He was going). After this personal prayer time with the Father, Jesus had the perfect direction for the day, and He did exactly what needed to be done. Nothing more. Nothing less.
If prayer was that important to Jesus, it should be important to us!
Consider the honor of time with God.
Do you consider what an incredible honor it is to take time to fellowship with God? He's the Almighty All-powerful God of the entire universe. He's more important than the biggest celebrity or political power on our planet! Our time with God should be more precious than anything else in our life - more valuable than making money, more refreshing than our favorite hobbies, even more precious than our time with our closest loved ones.
Even though it often seems like we don't have any discretionary time (because we have so much we "have" to do), our responsibilities are nothing compared to what Christ needed to do in such a short time. If we really want to fulfill God's plans and purposes, and receive His daily direction for our life and our family, our time with God is abslutely vital. No activity or ministry on earth is more important than prayer. Ultimately, we all need to take responsibility, and seek the Lord's help and grace, for how we use "our" time. Let's take time for God. For prayer. For His word. For Him.
Don't try to "fit" prayer into your schedule; fit your schedule around prayer!
He misses you.