Bible Reading: Luke 5:1-16
Help your children to begin having a private time of prayer each day. It could be one of the most important lessons that you will ever teach them. Not only will their walk with God become much more personal and powerful. But, it will affect every other are of their life, as well.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
Your Grandma is amazing. She can do several different things at the same time. It’s called “multitasking”. That means that she can watch a television show, talk to your Mom on the telephone, and cook supper all at the same time. But there are limits. The more attention that you pay to one thing you are doing…the less attention you can pay to the other things you are doing. That’s why it is illegal in a lot of places to drive a car and text on your phone at the same time. In fact, on military bases, it is illegal to even talk on your phone while you are driving. You can’t drive as well when you are on the phone…and that leads to accidents.
I recently read an article in a magazine that said that actually…you’re not really multitasking, at all. Your mind is not doing two, or three, or four different things at the same time. Your mind is jumping from one thing, to the other, to the other, and back to the first. So, for a brief period…each time that your mind is doing the second thing…your mind is not doing the first, third, or fourth thing. Or, when you are talking on your phone while driving…your mind is not really on driving…but on your phone. Now, that’s just scary!
Let me give you a demonstration of what I am talking about.
Draw two horizontal (right to left) lines on a piece of paper. Have someone time you as you do the following task. Do it as fast as you can.
On the top line write this sentence:
I can do several things at once
On the bottom line write the numbers:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Ready, set, go! That probably took you about 25 seconds.
Now, let’s do the same thing again…only with a slight twist.
Draw two horizontal (right to left) lines on a piece of paper. Again, have someone time you as you do the following task. Do it as fast as you can.
You are still going to write the same sentence on the top line and the same numbers on the bottom line. Only this time…you are going to alternate between lines.
So, you will write “I” on the top line, then “1” on the bottom line, then “c” on the top line, then “2” on the bottom line. Do this until you have written the entire sentence on the top line and all of the numbers on the bottom line.
Ready, set, go! That probably took you about…a lot longer, huh? Why? Because each time you switched lines your brain had to stop and think about where you had left off with the last letter, or number. You probably made a few mistakes, too.
Multitasking…it’s not as easy as you think…or, don’t think…or, can’t think…or, try to think. I don’t know…it makes my brain hurt! But, in order to do something well, you need to focus on it. Don’t try to do something else at the same time.
Jesus knew that. He knew that we cannot do more than one thing at a time…and do it well. Not long after He began His public ministry…His life got crowded…literally crowded.
- He had a group of disciples that followed Him everywhere that He went. There were the 12 disciples that we call Apostles, and then there were other disciples including men and women, as well. He was constantly teaching them from God’s Word and explaining His teaching to them on a deeper, more personal level. As their leader, He was also responsible for seeing that they had a place to stay and food to eat.
- Then, there was a crowd of other people that followed Him. This crowd of people came and went…different people at different times…sometimes a small crowd, sometimes a crowd so huge that He had to get into a boat and push off from shore so that He didn’t get trampled. He taught them as well…but this teaching was different from what He taught His disciples. He also healed their sicknesses, cast out demons, dealt with spiritual problems, counseled them about personal issues, and at times fed them.
Life was crowded for Jesus. It was busy. It took a lot of energy…physical, emotional, and spiritual. He knew that in order to meet all if its demands…He had to get reenergized on a regular basis. He had to take care of Himself. He had to eat on a regular basis to be strong physically. He had to rest on a regular basis to stay strong emotionally. And, He had to pray on a regular basis to stay strong spiritually. And He knew that He could not do all of those things at the same time. You cannot multitask those things. It just will not work. You have to do them individually.
So, in order to stay strong spiritually…Jesus would often get away by Himself. He would leave the crowds and even His disciples behind…and just get away by Himself. Well, not really by Himself. He would get away and be alone with God. There, He would get reenergized spiritually by talking with God…by praying. Here, in the Gospel of Luke, it mentions this several times (4:42; 5:16; 6:12; 9:18,28; 11:1; 22:41). When Jesus prayed…God, the Father…would speak to Him.
- He would encourage Him.
- He would keep Him focused on His purpose.
- He would guide Him into His truth.
- He would reveal His will.
- He would help Him to understand His disciples and what their needs were.
- He would show Him what to do with the many people who were following Him.
- He would warn Him about possible problems.
- He would lift His spirit.
If Jesus didn’t spend time in prayer with the Father…then He would become weak spiritually and not be able to do all that the Father intended.
Now, remember…this is the Son of God…Jesus…the Messiah. And if He needed to stop, to get away alone, and to pray…wouldn’t you think that we need to do the same thing? Well, yeah! Our lives are busy, hectic, crazy. And we need to be reenergized…just like Jesus did. You and I need to get away…alone with God…and pray. And when we do…then God will speak to us just like He spoke to Jesus.
Spend some time each day in prayer. Don’t try to do it while you are doing other things. You cannot multitask prayer. You need to get alone with God and pray. I’ve found that for me the best time is early in the morning. I get up and go into my study at home before I work on anything else. It’s just me and God. I pray and then I spend some time reading the Bible. And every time…every single time…God speaks to me. He reenergizes me spiritually. He knows exactly what is coming that day…and He prepares me for it. Why don’t you start tomorrow morning. Get up just a little earlier and spend a few minutes with God. It worked for Jesus and it will work for you, as well.
Love you more than bunches and bunches,