28 Apr Fitting Prayer Into My Schedule
Read Colossians 4:2 (NLT)
Thought for the Day: Today, I will make prayer a priority!
Susanna Wesley could have easily played either the I’m too busy or I’m too stressed card many times throughout her life. On its own, the fact that she was the mother of nineteen children was impressive enough. But, even more impressive was the fact that she faithfully endured a series of difficulties: Her husband spent time in jail. She lost nine children in infancy. Her family dealt with chronic debt. And – her house even burned down… twice! Yet through all of this, she faithfully served God and loved her family. Instead of hiding behind busyness or stress, she consistently made time to pray each day.
How could someone with so much responsibility and as little support as Susanna Wesley still find time to pray each day? For her, it was actually quite simple. With a whole battalion of children in the home, Susanna got into the habit of wearing an apron around the house to guard herself against spills or worse. When she needed time to herself to pray, Susanna simply flipped the apron over her head and took whatever time she needed. After all, with so much going on in her life, Susanna needed all the prayer and time with God she could get!
Throughout her life, Susanna learned to live out the words of the Apostle Paul to the Church at Colossae: “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” While life today may look different than in the time of Susanna Wesley, we too can make prayer a daily priority. Just like Susanna, each of us faces the same challenge: When life gets busy and stressful, what is our response?
Let’s follow Susanna Wesley’s example and remember that no matter where we are or what is going on, we can always find time to pray!
Pastors Stan and David