A number of months ago I was in a prayer meeting with a good friend of mine and the prayer focus was on Psalm 1. The Psalm begins as follows:
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (v. 1-2)
At one point my friend read from v. 2 and the phrase ‘and on his law he meditates day and night’, and he prayed, “God, this is good time management”. I remember being struck by the unusual choice of words. One of the reasons it stood out to me is that for quite a while I have had an interest in learning more about effective time management. In our society today money is the preoccupation of many people. Money is essentially a ‘renewable’ resource but time is a non-renewable resource. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good! Therefore it is critically important that we learn to effectively use the resource of our time.
When we spend time in prayer and worship we are engaging in an activity that will live on into eternity. God will remember every moment that we spend in prayer and worship. Since prayer and worship are activities that build the Kingdom of God, they are investments of time that will pay ultimate dividends!
One of the greatest obstacles to spending time in prayer is the feeling that we could be doing something better with our time. There are so many other things that we could be doing with that time! Many of us have mental ‘to-do’ lists either written out or in our minds and we end up thinking about all the other things that we could be getting done with our time.
Psalm 1 continues to speak about the benefits of sitting before God in the place of prayer and worship:
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (v. 3)
The person who invests their time in prayer and worship will be more effective and productive in the end. There is the promise of God’s divine provision of strength and supernatural fruitfulness in life.
Today I want to challenge you to consider prayer and worship as good time management! Look at your schedule make the bold decision to carve out time for prayer and worship!