John 11:42 (NKJV) And I know that You always hear Me...
These were the words of Jesus just before He called Lazarus from the
tomb. I believe this verse gives us a wonderful insight on prayer and
I do not believe you can measure the strength of your faith by how much
time you spend in prayer. When Jesus raised Lazarus from dead, the only
prayer time indicated in Scripture comes from John 11:11,
Jesus said, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him
up." There is no indication of Jesus spending hours in prayer to release
the power of God in such an amazing way.
There is an old saying that says quality is better than quantity.
Chances are if you preach, you likely spend hours in prayer and study.
If you are an accountant during tax season, you are probably lucky to
get in a few minutes a day.
When I worked in a busy environment, I would force myself to spend time
in my Bible. My time in the Bible did not hurt me, but it did not
benefit me as much as it could have. I just did not understand the
benefits of continual fellowship with God. I just did it because it was
supposed to be good for me.
God is always with me. He listens intently to every word I say. He does
not judge me; He is more like a best friend who enjoys our fellowship
together. When I acknowledge His presence, it allows Him to be involved
in my life. The more I acknowledge Him, the more I see Him.
Now when I spend time in my Bible, I understand what God is telling me.
One verse can have amazing revelation. A couple of minutes here and
there can give so much more life, than a rigid schedule that I force
myself to do.
I enjoy time in my Bible more than I ever did before. It is not about
how much time I spend in study, it is about the relationship I have with