It’s a simple question really: At 9:30 eastern, 8:30 central, 7:30 mountain or 6:30 a.m. pacific time every day, what are you doing? What I learned in lesson #3 from my time in Kansas City is that work stops at the National Support Center and those that work in Kansas City meet for worship and prayer. They pray locally, pray nationally, pray for staff, pray for camp, pray for each other, and pray for the transformation of the sports world. This happens EVERY DAY.
At 6:30 a.m., I’m not always awake, yet I have the comfort of knowing that when I rise, I’ve already been prayed for that day. It’s a priority, it’s a part of the schedule, and nothing pushes it out of the way. I’ll be the first to stand in line and say, wow, reality check for me. Do I make time every day for the Lord and is it a priority no matter what time that is? Do I let other things slip into the time I set aside for my God and when I do, who am I serving?
This hits at the core of me. We have the opportunity to meet with our God one on one whenever we want to and I pass it up. Amazing. Our God always has time for us. Our God is always waiting to talk with us. Our God WANTS to talk to us. Yet I find ways to fill the time I’ve set aside every day for things like watching soccer, checking e-mails, exercising, etc. I’m not saying there isn’t a time for leisure, work, and physical fitness, but time management and more importantly the need to go to the Lord in some sort of quiet time is essential.
While finishing our week in Kansas City, Dan Britton, one of the executive leaders of FCA opened up a time of prayer with “Lord, may I never have a quick word of prayer with you”. Often I feel myself trying to rush through reading time in the Bible or my prayer time to get to something else in my schedule. Why? For me, the discipline is waking up that extra 30 minutes earlier and therefore I have no excuse not to take the time, for I created it myself.
Let us not forget who we are here to serve. Our possessions, our families, our homes, our toys, they’re all God’s. We’re on His watch, His time, and he wants to meet with us ALL the time. How blessed are we? So my encouragement to you is to set aside time everyday for the Lord. For many, making it the same time every day brings the consistency and scheduling necessary to take time to be with the Lord. I think this is wonderful. Some of the most amazing Christian leaders I’ve ever met work for FCA in Kansas City and they schedule God in daily, same time, same place.
Lord, may we run to you daily. May we always have time for you and understand that you’re our greatest joy, not just another appointment in our day. May we want to meet with you and not feel like we have to meet with you. Thank you for your patience, love, and the grace that we don’t deserve. Amen.
Posted on Wed, May 4, 2011
by Matt Clinton