The Wrong Kind of Cut Backs

It is a known and unfortunate habit of many struggling businesses, that when money gets tight the first thing they cut is spending on advertising and marketing. However, business consultants say this is exactly what you do not want to do! If anything, you should increase advertising during tough times, because new customers and sales is vital to a business’ rebound. 

I find this same phenomenon happening at an individual level when people become short on time. Time is our most valuable commodity, and where we invest it only illustrates what we value the most. So, as a person gets busier and busier, the things they choose to cut out of their life reveals what is most important to them.

Unfortunately, prayer is one of the first things I see many believers cut when time is short and their schedule is full. This is a tragic mistake and usually accelerates the tailspin they feel their life is in. 

We need quiet devotion to the Rock, because Jesus is Who stabilizes and strengthens our resolve to what really matters in this life and in the next. If we eliminate our time to focus on Him and worship, we will easily get caught up in the worthless pursuit for things that really don’t matter. Thus, we’ll have spent our 70 to 90 years investing time in things that only exhausted us and had nothing to do with the eternal Kingdom of God—which is exactly what the devil wants.

The Apostle Paul writes, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” (Ephesians 6:18)

If you are reading this, you are most likely not one who has made the mistake of cutting prayer, however you can probably think of a few who have. You are an ambassador of the “secret place” (Matthew 6:6), and one who understands the power that comes from His presence. So let me encourage you to encourage others. Let the weary know where your strength comes from and invite them to do likewise, as we are all in this together.

Secondly, let this be a reminder to stay firm in your commitment to seeking Jesus daily through prayer and devotion. We are all too busy not to pray, and the more demand made on our life, the more we need to be tapped into the Eternal Source that never runs out.

Let’s pray: Jesus, help me stay unmoved and committed to what matters most. I pray your Spirit will increase in me, so that I am hungry for the things of God. No matter how busy I become, teach me to abide in the secret place of prayer. Amen.