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A Royal Waste of Time
By: Chris Culver

Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done. -CS Lewis

Many days I predict how the day will go by how breakfast prep goes. The way it is supposed to go is: collect the cereal from the pantry on the way to the kitchen, grab the spoon from the drawer on my right as soon as I enter, proceed counterclockwise around the kitchen to nab a napkin, bowl, and cup. Sweep these items on to the table continuing to the refrigerator for the milk and orange juice. If these things get out of order, if I have to back track because I forgot something, if I have to repeat a motion I feel I can safely predict a bad day.

I can make such prognostications because of the high value efficiency holds in my consciousness. Increased efficiency leads to increased productivity. If I am inefficient at the simple task of breakfast making, something is off and the day will be off. I want results, so I hate wasting time.

And that is the trick used to convince of us one of the great lies we are being sold, that prayer is a waste of time. "God is sovereign. He knows what I need." "Nothing really happens." "Am I supposed to believe that God listens to you and me?" All damnable lies straight from the pit of hell that we are daily sold. At the end of his letter to the Colossians, after he has proclaimed the magnificence, sufficiency, and power of Christ, Paul concludes that their response should be to watchfully devote themselves to prayer. Their spiritual maturity, lives together, and his ministry depend on it.

BCC, devote yourselves to prayer. It is not a waste of your time. It is the participation in grand work of God in remaking all of the world. Pray for your Cords, pray for me, pray for the missionaries around the world. Don't fit it in, devote yourselves to it. For your good. For our good.

Grace and peace,