Monday, February 15, 2016

Prayer Time by Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans
With so many things vying for my time, energy and attention these days, I’ve found myself convicted of a very important shortcoming:

A lack of dedicated prayer time.

Why is it when life turns crazy busy, when I struggle with the process of moving matters forward smoothly and participating in valuable commitments, etc., I lose sight of the need to go still, and pray? Lately I realize I need to make sure I spend time communing with God. I need to tell Him about my joys and victories, sorrows and failures, then listen carefully, in that ordained silence, for His loving voice.

We’ve recently moved and are still in the process of settling in our new home. We’ve welcomed our first grand baby into the world – a happy, healthy, completely awesome angel named Lukas! – There’s been so much going on that I’ve focused too hard on ‘getting things done’ or ‘being where I need to be.’ In the chaos I’ve been leaning on my own strength rather than God’s. Oh, believe me, I thank him, I rejoice in his provision throughout my days, but over and over again I keep receiving the message to P-R-A-Y. In fact, my daily devotionals of late have mentioned it repeatedly. This one came my way the other day really thumped me on the head:

Luke 5, 15-16: ‘But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.

Wow. Jesus, struggling like we all do with the needs of others. The disciples needed his teaching and example. The sick needed healing. The oppressed and possessed needed freedom from their burdens. Everywhere Jesus went, he came upon people—people he loved beyond human knowing—in need of HIM. How did He discern? How did He regain strength? How He hear His Father’s call and stay true to his purpose?


Jesus purposely found a quiet place to communicate with God. A deserted place, where He could be alone with God. A quiet place where He could not only pray but listen. A place where his heart could be still to absorb God's will. I believe it is in that stillness  we can most clearly hear God's call and receive the grace of discernment.

And so, I’m trying hard to return to the feet of My Father in a more consistent way. I need to bow my head and pray in earnest, not just before going to sleep, or waking in the morning, but also before my fingers touch the keyboard. What God has given me as a writer is a gift. My mission isn’t just about telling a story, it’s about ministry. It’s about sharing a message and revealing God’s love to my readers. It’s about Him, and them, not me.

That’s not something to take lightly. That’s something that requires prayer. Deep, abiding prayer.


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Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Devotion, earned the Bookseller’s Best Award as well as the Heart of Excellence Award. Hearts Communion earned a win for Best Romance from the Christian Small Publisher's Association. Finding Home won the Selah award for Best Novella. Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan and an active member of Romance Writers of America, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President.