I spent most of yesterday morning writing devotionals for a soon to be released prayer guide we’re going to be using during the month of October at MBC. It’s an interesting thing to spend a morning writing about prayer. It gets you thinking. It can even get you praying, if you’re not careful. But I’m good with that, if for no other reason than I’ve been feeling this real need recently to increase the amount of space I have to pray. I’m not talking about physical space. I’m talking about space on my calendar, mental space, emotional space. As I teach more and more (speaking 10 times in the next 10 days), I sense a need to be spending even more time alone with the Lord. I want that so badly. My guess is most of us feel the same way – wouldn’t it be great to have just a little more space to pray?
Here’s what I’ve come to realize: no one is going to make that space for me. Nobody else can shorten or cancel meetings. No one else can shut Facebook and Twitter down for me. No one else can ensure that good things aren’t distracting me from great things. I need to do that for myself. I need to create the space to pray. So, I’m taking a hard look at everything I do these days. I’m trying to figure out what goes and what stays. I’m interested to see how God leads in all of that. But I know I need more space to pray and, by God’s grace, I’m determined to make it happen.