I drove to Santa Clarita today and will be attending Shepherd’s Conference on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, so my blogging schedule will be lighter than normal.
MacArthur, Mohler, Lawson, Pennington, Holland, and Johnson are all scheduled to speak as keynotes this year. Add to that some great breakout sessions, great food, and great fellowship, and you’ve got the makings of an all around great conference. This is one of my favorite times of the year to be spiritually fed and refreshed.
I recently started reading through E.M. Bounds’ book The Weapon of Prayer and discovered this quote which is a good reminder for all of us…
The Apostles were as dependent upon prayer as other folks. Sacred work,—Church activities—may so engage and absorb us as to hinder praying, and when this is the case, evil results always follow. It is better to let the work go by default than to let the praying go by neglect. Whatever affects the intensity of our praying affects the value of our work. “Too busy to pray” is not only the keynote to backsliding, but it mars even the work done. Nothing is well done without prayer for the simple reason that it leaves God out of the account. It is so easy to be seduced by the good to the neglect of the best, until both the good and the best perish. How easily may men, even leaders in Zion, be led by the insidious wiles of Satan to cut short our praying in the interests of the work! How easy to neglect prayer or abbreviate our praying simply by the plea that we have Church work on our hands. Satan has effectively disarmed us when he can keep us too busy doing things to stop and pray.
This is certainly no excuse to be uninvolved at church! But it is a reminder never to let church activity crowd out prayer.