FAITH AND PRAISE
Read Luke 6: 12-19
During those days [Jesus] went out to the mountain
to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God.
The red light at the intersection seemed to take forever. I
sat in my car, fuming impatiently, tapping my fingers on the
steering wheel. I had a long list of errands.
Then it hit me. When else during the day will I have some
quiet time to listen for what
God is telling me? When else
will I have time to remember
in prayer those who are close
to my heart? As I prayed,
I calmed down, the light
changed, and I drove away. My green light had come in more
ways than one.
Too often we are distracted by our to-do lists. Focusing on
the here and now is often easier than looking to the hereafter.
Even Jesus took some quiet time, and his “list” was longer
than mine. After spending his day healing and feeding the
multitudes, he taught his disciples. In the midst of all that, he
did the one thing necessary; he took time to walk away from
the crowds and to pray. Thinking of Jesus sitting quietly on a
mountaintop helps me control my impatience and reminds
me to take advantage of unexpected quiet moments to pray.
Prayer: Dear God, help us remember that all our time
belongs to you. Amen.
Patricia Marks (Georgia)
Prayer Focus: ROAD-SAFET Y WORKERS
— Luke 6: 12 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
Prayer prepares me for the