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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
"The Grass Grows on Your Path"
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” –Matthew 6:6
Early African converts to Christianity were earnest and regular in private devotions. Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the thicket where he would pour out his heart to God. Over time, the paths to these places became well worn. As a result, if one of these believers began to neglect prayer, it was soon apparent to the others. They would kindly remind the negligent one, "Brother, the grass grows on your path."
Without a doubt, the lack of private devotion time is the greatest cause of weakness among Christians. We can blame the busyness of this new age all we want, but consider that the helter-skelter of our lives may be the result of no quiet time with God. Martin Luther said, "I have so much to do today that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer."
Jesus was an even greater example of the necessity of prayer. He was given the task of being the Saviour of the whole world. He was constantly pressed upon by multitudes of needy people. Yet, He spent time with His Father in prayer. He prayed through the night at times, and He also set aside ministry opportunities to seek His Father's face in prayer.
In this age of 24-hour news cycle, and constant connectivity, we must be reminded that fruitfulness only happens through dependence on God. You can work yourself to death, and you can harness the power of technology to accomplish more, but you will only grow weaker and weaker without quiet time with your God. Prayer is the key to accomplishment.
Perhaps, brothers and sisters, the grass grows on your path.
"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10