Busyness and a Lack of Prayer
Busyness and a Lack of Prayer
Back in 2008, I came across a series of articles on leadership, which I considered then valuable to leaders. Needless to say, that in 2015, I still value the emphases of those articles from 2008 taken from the Adventist Review. Here are two points for consideration.
The Epidemic of Busyness
The first I share comes from one of the article titled “The Epidemic of Busyness Among Christian Leaders,” by Michael Zigarelli. Michael likens uncontrolled busyness to an epidemic, which inhibits a “relationship with God among those who are in the best positions to be ambassadors of the faith.” He explains, “tragically, as we Christian leaders sink further into that sand (of busyness), those who advance competing worldviews are marching ahead.” Being too busy also affects us in other ways; for it “hinders one’s ability to be a God-honoring spouse, parent, son, daughter, grandparent, friend, neighbor, church member, volunteer, and so on.” Furthermore, it is observed that “an over-extended life leads to less God in one’s life, culminating in a less consistent witness—less love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and other virtues—as a leader and simply as a Christian.”
As such, I ask, “Are you and I too busy to attend to those persons and things that require our time and attention?” The answer is likely to be “yes,” but the question of all questions is, “Are we too busy doing the Lord’s work and not making time or adequate time for the Lord of the work?” It is possible that some of us have experienced that fact –I know that I have. However, I am learning to prioritize my days and balance my schedule to ensure that I spend quality time with God and family, and not neglect my work-related responsibilities.
What Happens When We Don't Pray?
The other article is closely connected, as it speaks about prayer. Titled “What Happens When Leaders Don't Pray,” by Gavin Anthony, it stresses the importance of prayer. Gavin asks, “When people look at us and those we lead, is the presence of God the thing that they can't help noticing? Indeed, could there be anything more irresistible to the watching world than the visible presence of God?” That to me is fundamental –to reflect Jesus; for as noted by a colleague of mine, “God has not called us to success but to faithfulness.” Prayer assumes our dependence upon God for guidance in everything. So often we talk about our skills and ability, but these, as we know, will fail us or become meaningless without a relationship with the Lord. However, a life wholly consecrated to God through prayer and the reading of His word will result in a sense of calm assurance and wisdom from without. Ellen White summarizes the importance of reliance upon God as in the case of Moses: "the assurance that God would hear his prayer and that the divine presence would attend him, was of more value to Moses as a leader than the learning of Egypt or all his attainments in military science. No earthly power or skill or learning can supply the place of God's immediate presence. In the history of Moses we may see what intimate communion with God it is man's privilege to enjoy" (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, p. 533).