Moving God Beyond Your To-Do List

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Do you ever feel your life is a checklist?

As you go about your day you are checking things off:

Get up-check,

make breakfast-check,

quiet time-prayer time-check,

get the kids ready-check, etc.

Each day I feel as if I am just going through the motions. It’s a struggle. Life is hard! It’s not easy and a checklist, routine, help us to make it through the day. If I’m being honest, I have to have a game plan in my mind. It helps me, but should our prayer life and time with God be a scheduled time. Should I only give him the time I have allotted him in my schedule? No!!! Of course not. But it’s so hard once we get in a routine to freely give up our time.

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Each day we make a choice.

My mom has this picture in her bathroom of a poem. It talks about prayer and how different your day would be if you didn’t pray and at the end, it tells you that you must pray! I have always  To Do LIstthought of that poem and how important prayer is in daily life.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

Our prayer life shouldn’t be something we check off and say done.

It should be something we want to do, need to do, strive to do, and something we truly crave. Prayer without ceasing! What does it look like? How does it happen? I want to tell it’s simple and easy, but in this world, it’s going to be something we have to fight for. Our relationship with God is built by our daily communication and involvement with him. We must pray! Have you ever been in a relationship where you don’t talk? Yeah, me either! That would be weird. He lives within us and wants us more than anything, but it’s up to us. God gives us the choice. He wants us to pray often. It’s okay to have certain times that we draw near to God, many people bible prayed during certain times of the day, but we shouldn’t limit ourselves to that. Our mind should always be in a state ready to pray. This world can get our focus all messed up. It can take our mind to crazy places, but if we are his our hearts will be drawn to him and we will have a prayer life wPInith him and be devoted to him.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

It’s okay to have a routine and check things off your to-do list and it’s even okay to have a faithful prayer or quiet time, but let’s not get so wrapped up in scheduling that we forget the freedom we have to pray anytime or anywhere. The freedom that comes from Jesus and his love for us.

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Holly McConnell
Holly McConnell

Holly McConnell is from Northeast Tennessee where she resides with her husband and two kids. She serves in her church as the women’s ministry leader and assistant youth director. She writes weekly on her blog at about connecting scripture and words from God to mom life, adventures, and battles that she personally faces.