Closeness to God in the 21st century—is it possible? The fast lane of our fast-paced society seems to be accelerating: mobile phones, texting, Skype, Facetime, and more. Believe it or not, our Lord Jesus also faced the challenges of a demanding schedule. All the time and everywhere He went, He dealt with an abundance of needs and a multitude of interruptions. He was teaching, preaching, meeting needs, feeding, healing, praying for people. To stay close to God and manage His ministry, each day, He spent uninterrupted time alone with His Heavenly Father.
Charles Hummel in Tyranny of the Urgent reminds us, “When we stop to evaluate, we realize that our dilemma goes deeper than a shortage of time, it is basically the problem of priorities.”
Make it your priority to be alone with God each day. Jesus did. Schedule a daily appointment with God as if you were meeting with an important dignitary; after all He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus’ example from Luke 5:16: “He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” Make time to be alone with God today. He is waiting for you. God wants to shower you with His love in His presence when you meet together with Him.
Let’s pray: “Lord Jesus, thank you for the example you gave us of how to arrange our priorities. We know that spending time with the Father was how you managed your life in the time you had. Help us to do the same. In your name we pray, amen.”