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Why You are Too Busy Not to Pray

by Dr. David Jeremiah

Prayer does not come naturally to any of us. In our more honest moments, we all admit it’s a struggle to pray as we’d like. And yet there is no avoiding the fact that Scripture insists God has hard-wired the universe in such a way that He works primarily through prayer. No doubt He could have chosen some other method, but in many ways, He has made Himself subservient to the prayers of His people. He has conditioned a good portion of His blessing upon our willingness to pray. So why is it that our prayer lives so often fall short of our prayer desires? I would hazard a guess that the number one reason is the busyness of our lives. We are so busy. Believe it or not, the One who taught us to pray had a life remarkably like our own. Jesus was an incredibly busy man. The Gospels record only fifty-two days of His life, but what a whirlwind of activity is chronicled in those few hundred hours! If you wrote down the events of each day on fifty-two sheets of paper, I doubt if you would have enough room on each page to report even the major incidents that took place. The busiest day of our Lord is recorded in the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel. This day was crowded with miracles to perform, lessons to teach, people to heal, disputes to settle. It was a day totally dedicated to reaching out to people and ministering to their deep needs. How draining that kind of intensive ministry can be! It’s hard to understand the strain on both mind and body if you’ve never endured a day of full-force, non-stop ministry. He didn’t just preach several sermons and go home to a nice, filling dinner. One after another, people came to him for healing, for understanding, for a gentle touch. Minute after minute, hour after hour, from the rising of the sun until the pale glow of sunset, Jesus worked. People with problems flocked to Him. A son was ill. A daughter crippled. A neighbor was tormented by a demon. Two friends were arguing over some point of doctrine. And one by one, need after need, Jesus ministered to them all. But He still wasn’t done. Mark tells us, “And when evening had come, after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all who were ill and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city had gathered at the door" (Mark 1:32-33). The morning after is always the hardest, isn’t it? You’re exhausted. You have nothing left to give. Your bed seems like heaven. That’s the morning that you say, “Well, I guess I’ll just skip it today." But not Jesus. The morning after the busiest day of His life was the morning He chose to rise early and pray. “Oh, but that’s Jesus," you might say. Following that example seems impossible, no matter how much we might want to. For us, survival is the biggest success story we dare hope for. We are ordinary people, not the Son of God, and we feel “too tired" a lot. We’d like to pray more; we understand that Jesus took time out to pray after the most exhausting day of His life. But that’s Jesus, we think; we’re just ordinary people. And yet the very thing that keeps us from praying is the very reason why we need to pray. It is the means God has chosen to work through us. It is an essential tool for life and ministry. I scoured the New Testament some time ago, looking for things God does in ministry that are not prompted by prayer. Do you know what I found? Nothing. I don’t mean I had trouble finding an item or two; I mean I found nothing. Everything God accomplishes in the work of ministry, He does through prayer. Consider:

I could go on listing the myriad divine activities initiated by prayer, but I suspect you get the point. Everything we do that’s worth doing; everything God wants to do in the church; everything God wants to do in your life; He has subjugated it all to one thing: Prayer. I am reminded of a little paradigm I heard years ago that embodies a crucial truth concerning our prayer lives:

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