One of the dynamics of our world is we’re all really busy. We are trying to do more and more in less and less time. The result is we don’t have any boundaries in our lives and so our spiritual disciplines get marginalized. Who has time to stop and read the Bible or take a few moments to pray? Yet, if we do not plug into the Lord, our true power source, we end up feeling emotionally depleted and easily overwhelmed by the situations we face. Time spent pursuing God releases His presence and supernatural power into every part of our days.

Martin Luther once declared, “I have so much to do today that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” In other words, the more you have to do, the more you have to pray! Of course, this assumes you are looking for the hand of God to move in your world.

George Muller, a 19th century saint, pastored a church while creating 117 schools and serving thousands of orphaned children. He prayed everything they needed into existence, never asking anyone for a penny! He turned every need into a prayer. It is estimated that more than 30,000 specific prayers recorded in his journals were answered. Maybe we ought to rethink when we neglect our prayer time!

After Jesus ascended, the disciples did not immediately go out into all the world as they were commissioned. Why? Jesus left explicit instructions: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised” (Acts 1:4). They waited for the Holy Spirit. They gathered in an upper room and prayed for ten days. Those ten days have been paying dividends for two thousand years! The culmination of their prayers was the Spirit of God falling upon them, and through them to all of us.

We can’t do anything for God until we let God do something for us: provide us His Spirit. With the Holy Spirit, we think new thoughts and experience new feelings. Just think, it’s not like Peter woke up on the day of Pentecost and had “speak in tongues” on his To-Do list. He didn’t plan on baptizing three thousand people that day. But if we pray for ten days, Pentecost is bound to happen—even for us. Take time to pray!