More on prayer…
I have a confession to make: it is a struggle to daily be in the Word and prayer. It is not for lack of resources — my bookshelves have a number of good devotionals and prayerbooks. The issue is my sinful self can always find leeches that suck the time out of the day.
Rather than wanting to feast on and be spiritually nourished in Word and prayer, Satan entices us with "worthy" opportunities to occupy our day and distracts us from the good things of God. I'm reminded of the traditional reading for Compline – "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith." Sometimes the roaring is more like a sweet purring.
Through no intentional planning of my own, I opened up a devotional book this past Sunday morning that I haven't used for awhile – God's Word for Today by O Hallesby – and this was the reading I stumbled upon. The words were not earth shattering; they were simple words that I needed to hear that day. Perhaps they resonate with you as well.