Many years ago I had a pastor who started to preach a little longer on Sundays. You could tell people in the church were getting restless. Finally one Sunday he said, "Tell me how much time you are going to spend watching football this afternoon." No one dared answer him. So he asked, "Will it be three or four hours?" Heads nodded. "Then I think we can give God another 15 minutes now," he concluded.
I'm reminded of this because the football season in the U.S. ended yesterday. People who lament not having time for prayer or Bible study (among them many football fans) should be able to find a little more room in their schedule on Sunday afternoons and Monday nights. The same is true for fans when the soccer, basketball and hockey seasons are over.
Of course, it's not just sports fans who have trouble finding time for prayer. Parents with children, people taking care of the sick and the elderly, those working two or three jobs - all have the challenge of time for prayer. And God deserves quality time, not just a moment here and there on the fly.
For reflection: Let's take a look at our schedules. Is there anything that can be re-arranged or set aside? God is ready. Where and when can we meet him?
Let us pray. "O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways" (Psalm 139:1-2).
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.