Tuesday’s Torch 607
September 29, 2020
Today has been very busy. Hectic would be a valid word to use in describing the day. I’m probably not the only one that has had a crazy day so I’m sure others are in the same boat.
It would be on days like today that we could find ourselves feeling too pressed for time to do all of the spiritual things that we should do daily. Prayers, pondering and scripture study can often fall by the wayside. And if things are crazy now with the events of 2020 throwing things into disarray then just imagine how much crazier, busier and more hectic things will be as we get even closer to the second coming when we have been promised even more calamities?
So an aspect of the Gospel that I have been spending time contemplating today is that sometimes we find ourselves being too busy for God. We sometimes excuse ourselves from not praying as often or maybe skipping a blessing over our food before scarfing it down because time is limited. Perhaps personal or family scripture study is something we never make time for or maybe we usually do but sometimes let slide when things are crazy.
I am not bringing this up to shame anyone because none of us are perfect and I’ve definitely been guilty of missing some of these important things on many occasions. I bring this up in order to praise God our Heavenly Father by stating the following. He is never too busy for us. When we need him and we turn to him in prayer he is always there for us and will hear us. The scriptures are always available to us as well.
I’ll share a scripture that is located in Luke Chapter 21, these verses come after some discussion regarding events prior to the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Verses 34-36 state:
“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
These verses tell us not to get caught up in a life of excess or sin and getting so distracted by the cares of this life that we aren’t spiritually nourished and prepared. We are told to watch and pray always. This is the part I would like to call attention to: why would we be told to pray always unless God is listening always? Our Father in Heaven is available to us all hours of the day and night. So when you find or make the time to reach out to him he is there waiting to hear from you just like the loving Father that he is! As we make our relationship with him a priority we can receive even more guidance and direction simply by seeking him more fervently.
We will be thoroughly blessed as we take the time to fully reflect on these amazing facts. Even if we really are pressed for time, talk to God. A simple thank you for this day, or to ask for help with a tough decision or to help us get everything accomplished during our crazy day! I promise that He is listening and is there for you any time you reach out to him.
And how do we “pray always”? We can carry a prayer in our hearts always. Keep our hearts and minds open to the influence of God, allowing the Holy Ghost to speak to us always! Keeping that line of communication open will make a tremendous impact in our lives.
Let us strive to limit the distractions that can get in the way of our spiritual growth. Figure out a better way to make use of our time and redirect our thoughts from so many worldly concerns that can not only take your attention away from righteousness but can actually take us farther away from God. Let us stay watchful and prayerful. Especially during these insanely hectic days and all of those to come. You can and will be blessed for your efforts! Of that I am absolutely certain. And I share these thoughts with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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