Elizabeth & Jim George

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people live a life after God’s own heart.
They've written over 70 books with more
than 10 million copies sold. For over 30 years,
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  • Simplify life focusing on God’s priorities.
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    to daily situations.
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    children and teens.

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From Jim’s Heart—Praying in the Midst of a Busy Life

The prayer life of the apostle Paul is most evident in the epistles he wrote while in prison. Some people assume that confinement in prison gave Paul little choice but to pray. They would imagine Paul saying something like, “Oh well, since I have nothing else to do, I guess I’ll pray.” Not true!

Busyness is often used as a favorite excuse not to pray. But in reality, it’s not our schedule that keeps us from praying. It’s our failure to understand the importance of prayer. When we don’t pray, it’s because we don’t believe it’s all that necessary. Instead of utilizing the power of prayer to make an impact, we try to have an influence through physical activity. We roll up our sleeves and get busy, turning to our own power instead of God’s power.

A commitment to prayer and some muscle are needed among Christians today. In fact, Paul himself would wholeheartedly agree. He definitely spent a lot of time “in the trenches” confronting sorcery, angry mobs, and hostile religious leaders. But that didn’t divert his thinking about the need for prayer. Martin Luther, the great church reformer, captured the essence of Paul’s prayer philosophy with this paraphrased quote: “My schedule is so busy today that I need to spend more time than usual in prayer.”

Paul’s—and Martin Luther’s—message to us is, “Don’t let a busy life keep you from prayer. You need it!” And, like the people Paul prayed for, others need your prayers as well. And who knows? Maybe the reason your own life is so busy and often out of control is because you haven’t taken time to stop and pray to discern God’s priorities in your life.

Trust in God’s Help with Prayer

Through the act of prayer you can seek the heart and mind of God in your difficult situations. God gives us help and answers when we pray. He gives us this assurance in difficult times:

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weakness. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered… He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27).

In picturesque words we learn that God Himself gives us help… and hope! The Holy Spirit literally comes to our “rescue” in our trouble. He ministers to us by lending His helping hand in pleading and interceding to God in our behalf. In simple language, He groans and sighs for us in prayer.

What good news! When you don’t know what to pray for, how to pray, or what words to use, the Holy Spirit does! And He takes over and expresses your requests for you. He intercedes for you by appealing to the only Person who can help you—God Himself. The Spirit’s “groaning” or “sighing” in prayer to God the Father for you becomes effective intercession on your behalf.

Thank God that you are not left to your own resources to cope with your problems.