I've been reading Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home by Richard Foster (it has taken me so long to read it that I have renewed it three times, and today will make four as I just got my fourth renewal email reminder!).
One reason it has taken me so long (other than sometimes I can't get back to it for as much as a week because life keeps happening, although Richard Foster has reminded me that our work can actually be a prayer when offered to God!) is that I will read a paragraph and then want to stop and reread it a couple of times to digest it.
Read below and you'll see what I mean:
"Become aware of God's presence in the room. Perhaps you will want to picture Jesus sitting in the chair across from you, for he is indeed truly present. If frustrations or distractions arise, simply lift them up into the arms of the Father and let him care for them...
The discovery of God lies in the daily and the ordinary, not in the spectacular and the heroic. If we cannot find God in the routines of home and shop then we will not find him at all....
Many today see their vocation as a hindrance to prayer. 'If only I had some time free from the distractions of work, then I could pray'...But prayer is not another duty to add onto an already overcommitted schedule... Our vocation is an asset to prayer because our work becomes our prayer. It is prayer in action." (Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home pgs. 161, 171-172)
Offer your work up to God!
"Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)
My son's (John) work this summer is as an intern to the USGA. As a Christian, his work is "as unto the Lord." He has worked many hours of hard, physical labor and his 21-year-old body has never been pushed so hard as they set up for the US Open in Pennslyvania. Here he is (pictured above, very dark hair, smiling big and looking at the US Open 2013 winner, Justin Rose.) How excited all the interns were to meet Justin minutes after his winner's ceremony. There's something very exciting about being with one who excels in their work.
Think of our opportunity each day as Christians! We can meet with the Creator of the universe through Jesus Christ! As Foster says, picture the King of Kings sitting across from you as you read His word and talk with him, and hand to him your anxieties!
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord...
It is the Lord Christ you are serving." - Colossians 3:23-24
Walk by Faith ,