As much as I hate to admit it, I rarely follow the speed limit.
While driving down a certain road close to my house, every time I see a speed limit sign, I have to remind myself to slow down. It is just natural to cruise down the road 10 or 15 miles per hour faster than I should. Seeing a policeman causes my heart to skip a beat and push the breaks quite hard.
Sometimes I feel as if my prayer life is the same way; I’m just cruising through my prayers to finish and then move on with the day.
My speeding prayer habit is even harder to break. Finding time to pray and focus is not easy in this season of my life. Sometimes I wonder how much more could be added to my daily life before I fall apart. Then I remind myself that prayer is what keeps me together and keeps me going. If I carve out time to bask in the presence of Yahweh, then I have a better day. Prayer is something that I should spend more time doing and less time speeding through.
Spending time with the Creator should be more than first priority in our lives– it should be our lives.
Speeding through prayer can become disrespectful to Yahweh. It is as if there are things in our lives more important than prayer and spending time with Him. Every aspect of our lives should be focused on Yahweh. I am reminded of the verse that says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). In other words, our daily lives are important to Yahweh and he cares for us as His children.
Let’s spend more time in prayer and less time focusing on ourselves or our to-do list.
Our to-do list shouldn’t have priority over what the LORD may have in store for us this day. As I try to obey the speed limit, I will also try to pray with a more focused spirit.