Prayer: FREE Time on Your Hands?

Americans were excited when the time came and a certain historical freedom was established through the "Declaration of Independence" with all of the benefits associated to that agreement; and many in society celebrate the "Fourth of July" annually. What a milestone to experience a great political and natural freedom! That's amazing! But, what's more amazing is to experience the spiritual freedom that we have in Christ, and the benefits that accompany His covenant with Christian believers. John 8:36 says "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." Romans 8:2 further declares "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

 

We are bought with a price as we glorify God in our bodies and our spirits, which are His (I Corinthians 6:20). Although we are free moral agents of free choice, God desires that we choose and use our time wisely as we serve Him as the Body of Christ. We are His Hands, His Feet...His Body. Realistically, we take the time out or "free up the time" to do whatever we really have a strong desire to get done. In choosing, it sometimes becomes a matter of preference, passion, and priority. Have you or someone you know ever been in an emergency or a life or death situation, and you felt that God rescued "just in the nick of time?" We often say, "He's never too early, never too late, but always right on time!" Well, what quality "time" do we really give God in our communication and relationship with Him? He shows up on time for us, but do we show up on time for Him? Put time on your hands! I'm not talking about the watch on your wrist, secured slightly above your hand, which we often watch closely, because we are so conscious of time, in order to fulfill other temporal and less valuables duties on our schedules. Take off the watch; clasp your hands in prayer...there is "free time on your hands." It's a mindset...you are free to pray...you are free in Christ...you do have free time to pray!

 

When you look at your hands, imagine using them to turn over an hour glass filled with the "sands of time" and allowing it to be a simple reminder of how time flies, and let it give you the incentive to take a timeout to use your time wisely to pray. Ecclesiastes 9:10 states "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." In light of eternity, we really have "all the time in the world" allocated to seek the face of God and things pertaining to His kingdom! We often get caught up with the hustle and bustle of life and the demands of a fast-paced society. But, don't be so busy "making an earthly living," that you forget about "making an eternal life." Value the time you have before you...Yesterday is the past (gone), tomorrow is the future (unpromised), but today is the present (tangible). There is no time like the present! Psalm 69:13 declares "But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time:" Prayer is our lifeline to God, especially in this troubled world and these last days we live in. Remember, time is of essence! I came across the following statements regarding "time" that I want to share:

 

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask the student who failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask the mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the family in the hospital waiting room.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask the person who just missed their airplane flight.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask the individual who just avoided the fatal accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the athlete who won a silver medal in the Olympics instead of the gold.

 

Value every moment of time, and realize we are not in a "crunch time" for prayer. We can use time wisely, and pray! We sing the song "I Am Free," know this too, "Through you (Jesus) my heart screams, I am free; I am free to run; I am free to dance; I am free to live for you; I am free; I am free;" but...you are also FREE TO PRAY! So, let me ask that question again. Regarding prayer, do you have "free time on your hands?" I believe the answer for all of us is "Yes!"

 

Flo Shaw

International Coordinator

World Network of Prayer