Focal passage: Philippians 4:4-9
What’s on your to-do list for tomorrow? Are you already busy with a myriad of responsibilities from dawn to dusk?
Are you wondering how you can possibly squeeze in a few moments to spend alone with the Lord in the midst of all your chaos?
When Martin Luther, the man whose actions and writings ignited the Protestant Reformation, was asked one day what his plans were for tomorrow, his response was, “Work, work from early until late. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”
I don’t know about you, but the idea of rising early enough to spend three hours in prayer before I begin my already busy day seems more than overwhelming. Yes, morning prayer and Bible reading are crucial for me, but how often do I forget His goodness as soon as I get up from my chair?
In Philippians 4:9, Paul encourages the believers to “rejoice in the Lord always.” This kind of rejoicing does not end when we close our Bibles and begin our day. We are to rejoice in His goodness always – as we brush our teeth, plan a meeting, take our children to practice, make dinner, etc.
Instead of becoming overwhelmed by all the things ahead, we are to continuously lay our requests at His feet and rest in “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philipians 4:6).
Even if we meditate continuously on God and His truth, our hectic schedule will most likely remain the same. And yet, our outlook will drastically change.When our minds are focused on the things of God that are true, honorable, just and praiseworthy, Christ becomes our steady anchor in the midst of the chaos of our lives.
It would be wonderful if we could all say with Luther that on the busiest of days our first three hours are spent in prayer.
But, until that day comes, let us strive to be people that rejoice in Him always, dwelling richly in His truth in every moment we’ve been given.