Why you should pray more when you are busy
Jesus paid great attention to prayer when he was very busy. He would withdraw from multitudes to go and pray. Take a look at the following quotes.
“But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” Luke 5:15-16
“Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. 23 After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.” Matthew 14:22-23
“Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. 2 So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:1-4
“If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.” Martin Luther
Some Christians are so busy that they have no time for prayer. In fact, when they get busy, the first thing that they drop or cut off is prayer. For Jesus, it wasn’t like that. For the disciples and for Martin Luther, it wasn’t like that. When they were busy, they dedicated more time to prayer.
Sometimes, Jesus had no time to eat. Sometimes, he had no time to rest or sleep. But he always made time to pray. The more work increased, the more He prayed.
Many great Christians have learned this secret from Jesus. When their work has increased, they have increased their prayer times.
Others do the reverse and drop prayer and loose God’s power in their lives and ministries.
It’s important to remember that the more work puts pressure on us, the more time we must spend in prayer because that is where our help comes –from the Lord who is the maker heaven and earth.
Cutting off your prayer time or reducing it when you are busy instead of increasing it proves in practice that you don’t believe in the power of prayer.
1) That you don’t believe that prayer is more powerful than anything a Christian can do. You believe in the arm of flesh than in the arm of God. You are not living in truth.
2) You don’t believe that spending time with God in prayer would make your work lighter instead of heavier.
Our actions with prayer speak louder than our words. Our faith is spoken not so much with words but with deeds.