Even When It's Not Convenient
Why is it that when we are tired, sick, or stressed our natural tendency is to use the least amount of brain activity and energy as possible? To rest or sit in front of the tv and vegetate sounds like such a good plan when the true path to refreshment and peace for our soul is time spent in the presence of God.
When I'm exhausted or in pain, I'm sorry to say that time in the Word, prayer and worship isn't my primary desire. The thing is, if we don't train ourselves to crucify our flesh when faced with fatigue, pain or anxiety and consciously make the decision to spend time with Jesus, the enemy will make sure we stay that way. Our time with God must become priority in our lives and it should not be determined by how we "feel." Our flesh is fickle and easily distracted.
I'd love to say that our relationship with the Lord is purely based on a desire for prayer and the Word that stems from our love and appreciation for Him. Though that's true most of the time, we must also exhibit discipline. We need to prioritize and commit to building that relationship and follow through by spending daily, quality time chasing after Him with hunger, enthusiasm and passion, no matter what! Great relationships don't happen by chance, good intentions or even desire, but they are cultivated through intimacy even when it's not "convenient."
Galatians 5:24-25 (NKJV) And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Isaiah 40:29-31 (NKJV) He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Jeremiah 31:25 (TPT) I’ll refresh tired bodies; I’ll restore tired souls.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 86:4-7 (NIV) Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. You, Lord, are forgiving and good abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.