That was the comment made by a student who is working through God’s Plan for His Disciples. When they came to Lesson 13 – Spending Quiet Time with the Lord, he said, “I am too busy to do this.” He is not unique. This is the comment that is heard all over the world, but particularly in western countries. Sadly, it indicates that among Christ-followers, priorities need serious adjusting.
As there is a lot for us to learn, so there was for the disciples. In their darkest hour when Jesus took them with Him into “a place called Gethsemane,” He took Peter, James and John and said to them, “remain here and watch” (Mark 14:32-34). When Jesus returned to them, they were sleeping. This happened three times, but after the second time, Jesus says to them, “Could you not watch one hour?” (14:37).
We often point to the example Jesus gave of going “to a desolate place, and there He prayed” (1:35, see also Luke 5:16). This and other examples in His life show that even as a man, He needed this alone time with His Father in order to face the challenges of ministry. Do we think we are better than He and can handle the challenges of life and ministry without a quiet time with Him?
I have often said to those who struggle with this discipline, that it is not the amount of time that is the first issue, it is the desire to spend time with Jesus. Even if the amount of time is only five minutes, you will sense the Lord feeding your soul with the Word of God as you let the Spirit teach you. He will also supply wisdom for setting everything else in the proper priority order. Some things may need to be taken off your “to do list” so Jesus has the first place on your list.
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