The One Way to Never Waste Your Time

{By Ellery Sadler}

I saw this picture on my Instagram yesterday. And it made me wonder, how much of our spiritual life is all about that like button?

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Maybe instead of scrolling through our Instagram accounts, we should put the phone away and pray. Maybe our lives would be more Christ-like if we stopped clicking like and starting living love. Maybe we would have more opportunities to be love if we stopped staring at a screen.

I realize there is some irony in that last sentence, as I sit here staring at a screen writing this and will probably sit at my computer writing research papers for the rest of the week. But I have discovered something fascinating in the last few months: time spent in prayer is never wasted. No matter if you use words or can’t even speak. No matter if it is five minutes or an hour.

The one thing you can be sure of in life is this:

Any moment you spend talking to God is etched into eternity.

I’ve never found anything else like that. Yes, there is value in school and work and vacations and sleep and doing life. But the one way to never waste your time is to pray. Pray while you drive. Pray while you write. Pray while you take a walk. The conscious inclusion of Christ into the minute moments, the mundane routine of your day turns an ordinary week into a holy experience.

This is the reason why a banker who prays for each of her clients can have an eternal impact that is as equally valuable as a missionary on the other side of the globe.

This is why your job is never more holy, or more spiritual, than you are.

You are on a mission every day, all year round. One of the most fascinating ways I have found to be more mission minded is to pray for the people I come in contact with.

Maybe the guy at the 7-11 with tattooed hands and tired eyes is one prayer away from hope. Maybe the painfully thin girl at the grocery store is one prayer away from healing. Maybe the businessman running the red light is one prayer away from a life changing decision.

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, be kind.” – Wendy Mass I love that quote, because it is so deeply true. It is one of the reasons Humans of New York is so compelling. We are stories in the making. Each person you pass on the street or awkwardly avoid eye contact with in the elevator is an open book. And when you pray, you get to change the trajectory of their story.

You can to breathe life and hope and joy into the pages of their life.

So instead of clicking like on some picture about prayer on Instagram, let’s turn off our phones and look up and actually pray for the people around us. Each person you meet is an opportunity for prayer. Each prayer is an act of obedience and an opportunity for change.

Praying Christians are powerful.

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