“If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” —2 Timothy 2:21
Jesus worked hard, sometime so hard that He didn’t have a chance to eat or sleep. He was exhausted one crowded afternoon and collapsed in a boat as His disciples pushed off from shore. Even the Christians in the book of Acts labored so hard that the church could barely keep up with itself. But one thing is true of both Jesus and those early Christians: They prayed as much, if not more, than they worked. And it was prayer that gave their labors such astonishing success.
I love hard work, too, but I have to be careful that it stays in balance. In other words, I desire to work, work, work like Martha... but I also desire to pray, listen, and meditate like her sister, Mary. It is prayer that energizes every task. And even a crowded schedule can be easily managed if undergirded by praise and intercession.
“Work, work, from early until late. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” (Martin Luther)
Someone has said, “Every Christian needs a half-hour of prayer each day, except when he is busy, then he needs an hour.” Today, cover each appointment, each person you will encounter, with prayer. Now purpose to go through the day in measured moments; don’t look at the work you have to do as a marathon. No matter how full your appointment book today, you will have energy... if first you pray.
Lord of every labor, thank You for the work that You give me to do. Bless You for sanctifying it and making it “spiritual work” as I do my labor to Your glory. Thank You for the Spirit-inspired energy that You will give to carry me through this busy day!