Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Interrupting Life

Have you ever had an important and extended conversation, with your kids around? You know how it is; when they need something, you do your best to cover the mouthpiece and quickly answer their needs without breaking the flow of the conversation. If you do it well, the other side of the phone conversation won't hardly even notice the interruption and your kids will know their needs are important to you.

Too often we act as if prayer is this sort of interruption to life. It is as if the conversation with God is interrupting whatever activity is important at the moment, and so we address the need for prayer efficiently and relatively quickly, but not too quickly, since we don't want to give the impression that talking to God isn't important. This is completely backwards!

Instead, we should strive to turn that around and view life as an interruption to prayer, which is then understood as an on-going conversation with God. We never hang up on God to get back into life. Instead, we dispatch whatever urgent matter life throws at us, as quickly as possible, so we can get back to the important conversation with God.

1 Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without ceasing."

Speaking on this verse, Spurgeon said:
So let your heart be magnetized with prayer, so that if the finger of duty turns it away from the immediate act of prayer, there may still be the longing desire for prayer in your soul, and the moment you can do so, your heart reverts to its beloved work.
Which is more important to you, life or prayer? Don't answer too quickly, but answer that question with this one: Which is the default setting of your heart, and which one does the interrupting?

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