Slow Down to Move Fast

Do you have more on your plate than you can get done? Is your list of concerns longer than your grocery list? Are you asking yourself what comes next? Would you like to have answers to more questions than you can remember?

It seems we all have a lot on our plates nowadays. With all the events in the news, our normal lives, and the electronic leashes we carry around with us, we tap ourselves to the hilt. There is never a spare moment to simply breathe.

I’m sure we all would like to have some down time. We want to push pause on everything going on and simply relax. Too often, we don’t allow ourselves to relax. All those things on our list are waiting and we fret over them, even when we are trying not to.

There is really only one answer for all these worries in our lives. We need to spend more time in prayer. I know. You will ask where the time for prayer will come from. What goes on the backburner so you can spend the time in prayer? I know a secret I will share with you.

When we spend time in prayer, real honest prayer, we find that God gives us peace and calm. That peace and calm actually allows us to complete tasks faster. It reminds me of a saying, “Fast is slow and slow is fast.” That may sound contradictory, but it is far too often true. You see, when we slow down just a bit and think things through, we complete tasks more easily and faster. When we are in a hurry, we often make mistakes, and we may have to do the task all over again. That reminds me of another question our team used to ask ourselves, “So, you don’t have time to do it right the first time, but you have time to do it a second time?”

Spending time in prayer regarding each task on our list is worth our time. It is a time saver. It keeps us grounded and leaning on God to lead us. Prayer is a conversation with God that helps build our relationship with Him. A relationship that we all long for, whether we acknowledge it or not.

God wants us to bring everything to Him in prayer. He wants us to lay our concerns at His feet and leave them there. To completely lean on God, we are to pray about our mundane tasks, our high priority tasks, and all those worries that continue to drain us.

I pray we all spend more time in prayer. I pray we talk with God every day. I pray each one of us will take time to seek the peace and calm we will receive from God when we talk with Him. Seek peace and calm. Spend time in prayer. Move fast by slowing down. Lay all your concerns at God’s feet. 

Ephesians 6:19 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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