by Mike Zachary
There are just a few shopping days left till Christmas.
Christmas is a beloved day on the calendar, a famous day; and we all know when it is—December 25. Because of that, we get our schedules in order so we can accomplish our checklist. We want to be sure to have all the presents we need, to have all the decorations we need, etc. It’s always interesting to see what a deadline can do to make us push to get things done.
The Christmas deadline reminds me of another deadline, the deadline of standing before the Lord when our lives are over. Standing before the Lord is something that will happen for sure, but it is different from Christmas because we don’t know exactly when it will happen. Because we do not know the exact date when we will appear before the Lord, we sometimes put off doing the things that we know we should.
When we stand before the Lord, we know that we will be thankful for every moment we spent praying and talking to the Lord; yet for most Christians, taking the time to pray is one of the most difficult aspects of the Christian life.
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. Luke 11:1
In my heart, I pray that the members of our church will not only ask the Lord to teach them how to pray, I pray that they will ask the Lord to teach them to take time to pray. John R. Rice was right on target when he wrote,
Prayer is a wonderful treasure;
Prayer is a wonderful thing.
Blessing all ours without measure,
So pray about everything.
When we read the story about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we see God’s original intent for mankind. In the Garden, the Lord walked with them (Genesis 3:8); and when that fellowship was broken because of sin, the entire human race paid the consequences.
All the bustle and scurrying of this Christmas season is fine as we rush to meet our goals. But let us remember that we have another deadline approaching, the day we stand before the Lord. And as we think about that, let us become people of prayer.