Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Making the Effort

Below is my devotion that ran on Encouragement for Today, in case you missed it. Itprompted the nextseveral posts on how I spend time with God.

“Be earnest and unwearied in prayer, being on the alert in it and in your giving of thanks.” Colossians 4:2 (WNT)

I was recently interviewed by a Christian radio station; following the release of our devotional book God’s Purpose for Every Woman. The interview began with a brief discussion of the nature of God’s promises and purposes for women. Next, the topic shifted to the daily discipline of spending time with God, communing with Him through the words of the Bible and prayer. Of course I said how important this was for Christian stability and growth. Then the interviewer challenged, “So bring this home. You are a wife, a mother, a university teacher, a writer, and a traveling national speaker. I’m guessing you are pretty busy. Rachel, how do you find time to have a quiet time?”

There was a day when this question would have struck me deaf and dumb because I didn’t know what the answer was. I knew people who would spend an hour alone with God each day, and I wondered what their secret was. What was it that enabled them to do that? What kept them from falling asleep sitting there alone with the Bible? How did they know what to say, read or think about during all those minutes? How did they keep from getting distracted? How did they even manage to find an hour of free time each day? I kept waiting for a season of my life to come during which a block of time would regularly present itself and my spirit would drive me to God like my sweet tooth drives me to the freezer for chocolate ice cream. I wasted a lot of time idly waiting for that to happen.

“Rachel, how do you find time to have a quiet time?” I don’t find the time,” I answered. “I have to make the time. I can’t expect to find time – that’ll never happen. There’s always going to be something needing my attention, calling my name. I have to make the time, and that means sometimes I have to let other things slide. I have to be OK with letting less important things slide,” I confessed.

I’ve come to realize it’s a matter of choice, a matter of discipline… and a matter of active investment. E.M. Bounds wrote, “The lazy man does not, will not, cannot pray, for prayer demands energy.” That is a simple but profound statement. When I don’t pray it’s because I simply don’t want to expend the energy on it. People who do not pray much probably claim to be too busy or too bored with it, but in reality are too lazy to press into God. Wow. Ouch!

We have to be earnest and unwearied in prayer as today’s verse urges. In the words of a little shoe company called Nike; we have to “just do it.” Let’s carve some time in our days to be quiet before the Lord, to read His words and pray. We can trade a small portion of our time and energy for a large portion of His grace and power.

Purpose to stick to it for several weeks until it sinks into your schedule and your soul. If you want some help being accountable on this, visit my blog listed below. I know we’ll find it is more than worth the effort.

Dear Lord, I want to make the effort and time to interact with You. I want to pray and seek your heart. I don’t want to be too lazy to connect to Your love, wisdom, power and grace. Help me in this, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Application Steps:
If you are not in the habit of praying or regularly communing with God, commit to doing so. It doesn’t have to be for an hour - start with 10 minutes. Gather your Bible, some pen and paper and set the timer.


  1. Hello Rachel,

    I read your Proverbs 31 entry today. I have REALLY been struggling with having a quiet time. The quote about the lazy man does not/will not/can not pray, for prayer demands energy really spoke to me. I intend to "try again" and "carve out" the time that God so deserves. Thanks and God Bless you and your ministry.

    Kim Hendricks

  2. Rachel,
    this is so where I am right now. I have been feeling I need an accountablity partner...and no one seems to want to do that...It is so frustrating right now. I am a teacher and I have found when my students have to be accountable they do so much better....that is something I feel God has laid on my heart...but no one yet
    I think you are a blessing

  3. I am so where you are three(Rachel,Kim,Tealady Tammy)! I am disabled. I am a breast and uterus cancer patient! I have no Excuse!! You Ladies help me to be accountable too! Please!
    God Bless each and every one of you!

  4. Hello Rachel,
    I have been "too busy" to read the devotions for the last few days, and of all the ones I've missed, I was drawn to open yours this morning. Boy was it needed!! Thank you for the reminding me of what matters most! I usually have devotions every morning with my children before they go to school and I go to work.... and yesterday I'm ashamed to say.... we didn't allow God any time in our morning.
    I just wanted you to know that you wrote exactly what God wanted me to read, Thank you!
    Lori Revercomb

  5. Thanks for all your words on how you have your quiet times. I love your idea about the candles. A good visual and reminder. Any tips as to where to start each morning? Do you go through a book a week or just ask God to show you a verse?
    Bless you and your ministry,

  6. Hello my new friends,

    I have to first say "I love you all so much" I am so greatful I have found all of you and know that God has special friends out there who struggle but who make a keep making an effort to meet with Him every day. I can not wait to meet you all in Heaven. Thanks so much for your daily encouragement and support. I plan to start my day with God, the Bible, a good book, and now with you. I can not wait till tomorrow to see what God says to me through you. Thanks and many blessing to you all!

  7. Wow,this is such a beautiful platform to encourage people and get a way forward,not merely state one's weaknesses/mistakes.

  8. Rachel,

    This is great that I have stumbled across this today. My sister in Christ sent me this today, and I am so glad she did. I never thought about a quiet place of my own to spend time with the Lord. You know, someone or something is always interrupting my time with Him. I think this is good and will keep me more focused on why I am there in the first place and let nothing interrupt me. This weekend I am making my little corner place, and with a candle too!


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