Ephesians 3:14-21 (NRSV)
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
My guess is that if you asked any Christian whether it was important to be connected to God and to live in a way that exemplifies Christ, they would say "yes."
My guess is that you would agree to it as well, but if you’re anything like me, you continually fall short. Even though I fully believe in the importance of a strong faith life, I often don’t make it a priority to cultivate it. My problem isn’t that I don’t have time to grow, but life is full of distractions, and I let those distractions fill my time. There is nothing wrong with Netflix, Facebook, Pinterest, video games, hobbies, or many of the other diversions that plague us on a regular basis; the problem is when they take away from our relationship with God.
There are many reasons we pray: fear, healing, concern for others, gratitude, and more. One of the most important reasons to pray, though, is to connect to God. As we spend time with God – not just asking for things, but also sharing ourselves and listening for God’s voice – we come to more fully trust God, and our hearts change as we spend time with God. The more we know God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, the more we live a life aligned with Jesus.
Join me in trying to prioritize spending time with God. Set aside a specific time to pray. Maybe try a couple of different times to see what works for you. Many people set aside first thing in the morning before the day really starts. This is a great idea, but if you’re not a morning person or always rushing to get out the door in the mornings, consider taking five minutes during your lunch break, right after you get home from work, right after dinner, or right before bed. God is always available, so find a time that is realistic for you.
Thank you for the gift of prayer. It is no small thing to have 24/7 access to the Creator of the universe! We long to be connected to you, but we are so easily distracted. Help us to make the time to spend with you, to crave spending time with you, for we know that time with you changes us, and when we are changed, the world is a better place for all.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- Angela LaVallie Tinsley, Facilities Services Program Director and Memorial Garden Administrator
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Angela serves as the Facilities Services Program Director and Memorial Garden Administrator. She began working at Resurrection in April 2007 and in that time has worked with the Singles, Seniors, Young Adults, Guest Connections, and Congregational Care ministries.