When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, "Can't you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don't wander into temptation without even knowing you're in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there's another part that's as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire."Matthew 26:40-41 (The Message)
I fall asleep when I pray... especially in our Homegroup. Wednesdays are busy days... infact all weekdays are busy...and the weekends, OMGoodness, don't talk to me about the weekends.
We all work and play... We are all heavily involved with something - for me its Olly and the we'ans... or my work... or the blog... or my friends... or my church... We all have stuff to do :: You should see Olly hard at it... she is relentless when she needs to get stuff done. I love her for it.
I crash out... I'm not bored or uninterested. In fact, its quite the opposite.
In this passage Peter and John crashed out too... they've been busy... and this was only the beginning.
Its good advice... we need to keep awake! Spiritually awake... ready for anything!
Thing is to do so we need to rest in God's presence... get our equivalent of 8 hours a day.
That's where I go wrong... I burn the midnight biodiesel at both ends... and sometimes try to get by on less >> both physically and spiritually... and I am not my best because of it.
God doesn't want us to be busy for the sake of it... He doesn't equate action with holiness... there are no extra points for burn out.
He wants us to live full and extraordinary lives! and to do so we need to get some spiritual rest. Read His word... Have regular conversations with Him... Hang out with likeminded people... and express His love and grace in action as well as words.
Kick the lazydog inside you and be who God wants you to be... oh and give me a nudge when its prayer time at our Homegroup!
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