Have a break. Have a chit-chat.

Philippians 4:13

‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.’

Most of us get on the same train everyday. It’s a routine that we’re in to. I’m sure we stand on the same part of the track waiting for the train. It’s a necessity really. We know what train and what car to get on to get us to the office in the most efficient way. Efficiency is an important part of our work. Getting the best job done with the just the right amount of effort. But I’m not sure if I ever have enough energy to get everything done. I think it’s because I don’t stop to refuel. The Holy Spirit is a source of energy for us all. It heals. It speaks to us. It gives us strength. But to refuel we need to stop. Not just go slower but come to a complete stop. Praying for The Holy Spirit to help us along can feel like a pointless exercise and sitting down and actually talking through our needs is a discipline and feels like hard work. “I’ll give it a go but it probably won’t work.” or ‘He’s probably not listening anyway.” are thoughts that sometimes cross my mind. But God knows what we need. I know I say that a lot but He does. If you feel exhausted then there’s a very good chance He agrees! If you feel like you just need to cut your workload or have a deadline extended then it’s well worth praying for. God has moved my calendar around on many occasions. Better than I ever could imagine. This isn’t a fantasy faith we have. A nice thing to believe  around Easter and Christmas. No, God is 24/7 committed to us even in the times when we’re not committed to Him. So, if you’re on a train now, stop and break the routine. Close your eyes and have a chit-chat with God. Let all your thoughts no matter how random head in His direction. He can take it all. Unlike you, He doesn’t need a break.

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, help us to stop and look to You for energy and encouragement. May we find time to break our routines and spend time with You. Thank You for always listening and knowing what our needs are – Amen!

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Is your schedule as full as Jesus’s was?

LUKE 4:42

‘At daybreak Jesus went away to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them’

CONVERSATION

He became like us and endured all the things we endure

It’s Monday morning and I’m sure we’re all bracing ourselves for what awaits us at the office or wherever we work. The unopened emails from Friday, the conversations we should have had but were too exhausted to have.

By this afternoon, we may already feel like we’ve done a weeks work. Like Jesus, we may feel like going to a quiet place away from the crowds. But we can’t because the emails and the meeting invites follow us and we can’t escape it. How do we deal with that?

We can try to be like Jesus because He had compassion for the crowds. His heart softened and He knew they needed him more than He needed rest. He was the Son of God and was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, Jesus says in Luke 43 – ‘I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God to other towns also, because that is why I was sent’. 

Therefore, I think it’s okay for us to pray that God fills us with the power of The Holy Spirit. To pray that He will give us energy, understanding and patience, to be more like Jesus. Give it a try. It’s a simple prayer. It’s not about becoming superhuman but somehow I find myself being able to deal with the ‘one meeting too many’ when I do pray. I once thought that God gives us just as much as we need to deal with all that we have to face but I believe he actually gives us more so we have the energy to do more if we’re doing work to glorify him.

There is, of course, another way to re-energize that works too. Close your eyes and have a nap! That’s also worth praying for,

Have a great ‘Holy Spirit filled’ day!

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we want to be able to talk to you about all the things we need help with, even something as simple as tiredness. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit today like an ever overflowing cup. Amen!