Easy to do the hard thing


180425528793435119_r7rcuiwL_fWhy is it so hard to do the easy thing?

Prayer is easy. But there are 57 kabillion distractions that seem more important.

The hard thing is to do your own effort. But we Americans are always gung-ho to roll up the sleeves.

I should know what I’m talking about. I spent more than a decade of missionary work majoring in my own effort. When that didn’t work too well, I “discovered” what I 222787512785962157_1az3FDYx_bknew all along: God answers prayer.

I started praying more, and the results were spectacular.

Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t become a couch potato Christian. I still worked: I taught, I preached, I evangelized, I visited the brethren. But I cut down somewhat the hectic schedule and dedicated a more significant portion of time to prayer. No longer was prayer perfunctory, get-thru-it-as-quickly-as-possible. It became the focal point of the day.

prayBlackladyBut you have to clear your schedule, remove distractions, and concentrate on God. That means you turn off your electric devices to be able to turn on your spiritual device! Ha!

Prayer is easy. God works for you. Yet it is hard to pick this option. It is easier for us to try to work ourselves when we want results. That’s our basic human nature. Thus prayer is hard because it’s counterintuitive. Every fiber in our being screams that we are wasting our time.

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33 responses to “Easy to do the hard thing

  1. AMEN- pride entices me to work hard, humility accepts that only God can save others. It is my job to surrender in prayer and give Him permission to flow through me how ever and when ever He wants

  2. This speaks to me today (and lots of days, especially as I go to pray in the morning and think, “maybe just a quick email check before hand….” Thank you.

  3. this post is a message for me πŸ™‚

  4. Excellent message! Thanks for the thawck reminder to prioritize properly.

  5. like it when you get autobiographical. . .jm

  6. You continually support my blog and I love your messages. I have nominated you for the inspiring bloggers award. Thank you for inspiring me. Check out my page to see nomination and acceptance rules. God Bless!

  7. “Pray like it depends on God. Work like it depends on you.” Wesley, I think. πŸ˜‰

  8. Thank you for sharing. I agree that you have to make some God-time to pray and tune away from the distractions. God bless you.

  9. yup, we are not wasting our time when we pray

  10. BEAUTIFULLY PUT!!

    Thank you very much for letting me find you πŸ˜€

  11. Thanks for the reminder to pray. There’s an old saying that comes to mind: if you pray, don’t worry and if you worry, don’t pray.

  12. exactly what i needed to hear today brother!

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