Jude 1:20 – But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. (NIV)
I had stripped the bed to launder the sheets. While I might have waited for this load of laundry to finish, and then transfer it to the dryer, I decided to use the spare sheets and complete the task of making up the bed. Then, when the whole process was done, I would need only to fold the laundry and put it away.
While all this was going on, I turned my attention to doing something I had wished to do for some time. I entered a couple of names into a book where I keep track of prayer requests. I took advantage of my spare time not only to write these dates and their requests, but also to listen for what God wanted to say to me, before it came time to pray.
For me, to listen is to read God's Word, then in prayer to seek God's will, and to ask Him to be with me in a continual circle of fellowship.
This time of fellowship spent together in God's love is a time to listen for guidance, and a time simply to talk — a time of adoration, a time of confession for sinful things done in thought, word, and deed, a time of giving thanks for all we have, and a time of prayer for others.
Though I am certain we all try to have a regular time for reading God's Word, for meditation, and for prayer, not every day is the same for us, so when we are waiting for menial tasks to do themselves, we can take time to steal away.
We all need this time to steal away, to be alone with God, and, as we do, we will even find that there is still time to fold the laundry and put it away.
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, we adore You, we love You. Thank You for helping us to find the time to be alone with You, to listen to Your Word, and to pray for Your guidance as we come to You in prayer through Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.