Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Busy-ness

I truly have a strong desire to spend more time with God. I want to become more intimate with Him. So why don't I just do it? Because I am busy. Busy with good things. Busy with mundane things. Busy meeting others' expectations. Busy with my own self-imposed "got-to-get-this-done" stuff. Busy.

So, I'm reading Yancey yesterday. This guy so connects with me because his spiritual journey and mine seem so similar. He was talking about how easy it is for him to move through a whole day without stopping to spend real quality time with God -- beyond the prayer over a meal type of thing. To break out of his rut, he said he would set his watch to beep on the hour to remind him to 1. stop and reflect on what he had done with the last hour and 2. to pray.

I've decided to give it a try. I'm going to program my cell phone alarm to call me to prayer. Not out of a sense of legalistic ritual, but to break old habits and ruts.

What works for you?

2 comments:

Josh Ross said...

One of my favorite preachers (besides you and Cope) is Tony Campolo. He said that he wakes up every morning praying one word, "Jesus." He lays in bed repeating "Jesus" until he feels that he has completely given His entire day over to him. Sometimes he will lay there for a few minutes; other times he will lay there for 30 minutes. He thinks about his appointments for that day, and speaks, "Jesus." He thinks of the people that he will come in contact with and speaks, "Jesus." On and on.
Through disciplines like this, I have been able to attempt to "pray continually." Just a thought.

Liz Moore said...

I am not nearly as disciplined as I need to be, but I try to have conversations with God all throughout the day about things going on that moment in my life. I try to offer up prayers of thanksgiving everytime something good happens in my day to try and remember that all good things come from God. I also seem to be in the car a lot, so I have gotten to where I enjoy the quiet of being in the car alone with God. You can do a lot of reflecting and praying alone in the car with God and silence.