Prioritizing Prayer to Make Peace

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You know that feeling. It’s the one where you are so overwhelmed with what needs to be done that you can’t think straight. The kids are whining, there are crusty dishes in your sink, there are piles of laundry everywhere, and dinner is not making itself.

Maybe your situation is a bit different, but you nonetheless know that feeling all too well. All you really want is a glass of wine and some peace. So, what do you do? Well, if you’re like most of us, too often you lose your temper with the kids, attempt to ignore the mess, and have pb&j sandwiches for dinner… AGAIN. But what would happen if you gave in to that glass of wine and quiet time? I know what you’re thinking. “I can’t possibly do that! Don’t you see what all I have to do?” Hear me out.

When you lack peace, quiet time alone with the Lord is EXACTLY what your aching heart (and mind) needs. The only way to hush the roaring in your mind and tame the frantic tallying of wasted time is to go to the Lord in prayer. It is from Him that peace is extended to us, and the way we achieve this is through prayer. But we must make it a priority to speak with Him. Are you noticing anything? If you want peace, you
must make prayer a priority.

Remember the scene from earlier? Imagine what could change in your life if you set a timer for just five minutes and went to a quiet place to pray instead of trying to keep pushing. Now imagine you did this EVERY time you felt overwhelmed. Try it. Get the kids situated to where they can’t get hurt, or tell your friend that you will have to talk later, or tell your husband that you need a moment, or step away from the work you’re doing. Whatever you’re doing, STOP. GO PRAY. Take that glass of wine with you. When you come back, you’ll be more ready to deal with all the chaos around you, and you will be able to make sense of it.

I want to challenge you to make peace in your life by prioritizing prayer. Now, there will obviously be times you feel overwhelmed and simply can’t stop and pray that exact second. But find a way to go do it as quickly as possible. Stop putting your sanity on the back burner, and stop putting time with God off. If you truly want peace in your life, if you want to stop feeling like you’re constantly running and getting nowhere, if you want to stop the never-ending list in your mind from taking over every waking moment, you
cannot continue the way you’re going. Stop. GO PRAY.

Let’s see if we can find peace with ourselves and allow it to infuse our lives. Does this mean your to-do list will magically shorten? I doubt it. Does it mean you will see immediate results? Probably not. But if you continue to prioritize prayer, especially when you’re overwhelmed, peace is a natural consequence. You may find that those things on your to-do list aren’t as important as you thought, or the tasks you need to do may assemble into more manageable chunks in your mind. I want you to know it’s in our very human nature to give in to emotions that cause us to feel overwhelmed and inadequate. Many people will advise you to allow yourself some grace. While I agree to a certain extent, I think it’s far better advice to go to God and ask for His sanctifying grace. Remember that if we prioritize prayer, peace will follow. And a little peace goes a long way.