I have been a Christian and a minister for some time, but it was not until my friend admonished me about my undisciplined lifestyle that I attempted to better order my days. As a full-time pastor and seminarian when the demands on my schedule actually were relentless and clearly there was no order to the chaos. I seemed to find time for everything and everyone but myself. But then came the “aha” moment. It was time to become a better steward of my time and of my self. I needed productivity through a discipline that recognized my limits. I recalled what my grandmother said to me when I first went into ministry, she said, “always pray because prayer changes things.” I had always known that, but somehow the reality got lost among the clutter of less important thoughts. So, with a fresh determination, I began to reorder my days with a new emphasis on prayer.
Praying is not new to me, in fact, it has always been part of my life. I believe it is the key to all other spiritual disciplines and I have discovered when spiritual things are given their proper consideration in our lives, a natural sense of prioritization follows and everything else just seems to fall into place.
I now intentionally begin and end each day with prayer and before attempting any important task, I pray for wisdom and guidance, and upon each task’s completion I utter a prayer of thanksgiving. I pray again everyday, all day, and everywhere. It comes as naturally to me as the air I breathe. It is never formal or structured. It is simply my communicating sincerely with God and allowing God to speak to me. This daily regimen of prayer is strengthening my spiritual muscles, lessening my anxieties, and renewing my mind.
Why not get your spirit in the gym and exercise your faith through prayer–it truly does change things. I totally agree with Author, Jewel Diamond Taylor, “If you’re too busy for God, you are simply too busy.”