I lay on my bed yesterday night, trying to ‘motivate’ myself to pray. I wasn’t ready for the guilt I’d feel in the morning if I didn’t pray. Well, I thought to myself, I’d just fulfill all righteousness and pray for a few minutes, killing two birds – tiredness and guilt- with one stone – short prayer.
Many times we think like I did yesterday: like our fellowship with God is a 50/50 symbiotic relationship. We think that when we study our Bible or pray or spend time with God, it’s for His benefit as much as it is for ours. So we see it as a “sin” committed against God and because we don’t want the guilt of sin, we cut corners.
However, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our time with Him doesn’t change Him; it changes us. We are the ones who need something. This causes a change of perspective (and possibly a burst of energy when you know you are doing it for yourself). So if you are finding your devotion hard to do, check your thinking.
Food for thought:
I’m not saying there are not times when we are not genuinely tired but getting your thinking right is one less thing to worry about.
2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”