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Don Anderson, Minister

Alvin Church of Christ



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Too Busy to Pray!
August 7, 2013


            from Don Anderson

Too Busy to Pray!

“Rejoice in our confident hope.  Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”

Today the hustle and bustle of life weighs upon us as we try and balance the demands for our time with the obligations of work, family and church.  It can be, and often is overwhelming!

Life constantly reminds me of the Southwest Airlines commercial... “Want to get away?”


We have to make choices in life as to what will get our priority and what we will get to if we have time. 

Unfortunately, prayer often finds itself in our leftover category.


Jesus had many things to say about prayer.  He demonstrated prayer throughout his life.  Numerous times before he performed his miracles he lifted his eyes toward heaven in prayer.

The disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray.  Rather than teach them the words to say, Christ showed them the importance of “how to pray”. (Matthew 6:9-13)


The apostle Paul declared that we should, “pray without ceasing.”  -  Philippians 4:6

The apostle Peter tell us, “his ears are open to {our} prayers.” – 1 Peter 3:12

James, the brother of Jesus, said, “Are any of you suffering hardships?  You should pray.” – James 5:12


Prayer in the morning opens the door of each day with our focus on God.

Seeking the treasures of God...his mercy and grace to be with us throughout the day is a blessing that sustains us all day long.

Evening prayer is a way of closing our day in the presence of our Lord and giving thanks.


Our days are filled with affliction.  Our patience is tested.  Our hope is challenged.  And our love for others gets mangled.  But it is through these experiences that God shapes and molds our life into Christ likeness.


“Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.” – William Cowper (1731-1800)

“Our prayer and God’s mercy are like two buckets in a well; one ascends, the other descends.” – Mark Hopkins (1802-1887)


The story is told of a young girl and her father.

They were great friends who spent many hours together daily – walking and talking, sharing life with each other.

One day the father noticed a change in his daughter.  If he asked her to join him on their daily walk, she would decline.  This grieved him.  He tormented himself trying to find some reason that she no longer wanted to be with him, but couldn’t understand.

When his birthday came, she presented him with a pair of beautifully handcrafted slippers, saying, “I made them especially for you.”  .

“My darling”, he responded, “I love them very much.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness.  Is this what you have been doing for the last three months rather than joining me on our afternoon walks?”  “Yes”, she replied.

“Honey I love you very much and these slippers are wonderful, but I would have been just as happy with your presence and our talks”, said the father.


Some of us are so busy with life that the Lord doesn’t get much of us.


He told the church at Ephesus, “I know all the thing you do.  I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance.  But I have this complaint against you.  You don’t love me as you did at first.” – Revelation 2:2, 4


Where is God in your life?  Are you too busy?  Do you spend time talking with your Father?

The Bible says there will be no tears in heaven.

However if there are any regrets, it will be over the fact that we prayed so little.


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