In Ephesians 5:16, Paul writes, “Making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”
We live in one of the most exciting generations. There are more people living today than in any previous generation. The opportunities to impact our world for Christ have never been greater. We have the resources. But there is one disturbing question. Where are the workers? There is a ripe harvest, but there is a shortage of workers.
Jesus said that the solution to the problem of workers is found in prayer (Matthew 9:37–38). But that presents another problem. Where are the men and women of prayer? Too many of us have become so busy that we have little time for God. Our lives have become obsessed with climbing the ladder of success and resting in the easy chair of entertainment. A prayerless church exists in this generation. We cannot get people to prayer meetings, but we have no problem amassing large crowds for Christian entertainment. Our church schedules are filled with events oriented toward entertainment, and we have no time left to seek God. We have become like the Laodicean church. Jesus is on the outside knocking, wanting to come in and have fellowship with us. The need exists for men and women who mean business with God, who will give God priority in their lives, schedules, and churches.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit
Lord, my heart is grieved that the Church You love and called into being has neglected to seek Your face. We fill our buildings for concerts and other activities, but ignore the call to prayer. The harvest is ripe but Your people are not praying for workers to be sent into the fields, nor are we responding to Your call to be those workers. Forgive me, Lord, for getting more excited about things that have nothing to do with Your kingdom rather than being obedient to Your Word. Help me to be a praying person who makes the most of my time in these evil days!
Give praise to God as the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of knowledge (Isa. 11:2). Thank God for freely giving wisdom to all who ask and who trust him to answer (Jas. 1:5). Confess those times in the past week or month when you have relied on human wisdom rather than seeking God’s wisdom. Commit yourself to seeking God’s wisdom at all costs (Prov. 2:1-6). Ask God to show you how his wisdom is different from the world’s (Jas. 3:13-18).
Pray that your church’s leaders will be filled with wisdom as they make both public and private decisions, so that their whole lives will glorify God.
“Prayer requires more of the heart than of the tongue.” —Adam Clarke
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend