Good Adventist, but Too Busy to Pray! – By Jim Ayer

I’d fallen into the same trap as many Christians before me.

At one time I had experienced a vibrant relationship with God — after He saved me from the life of a drug dealer, alcoholic, and thief. I loved my time with God in prayer and study. But as the cares of the world pressed upon me, I studied my Bible less and spent far less time talking with Jesus. The result was to be expected — although I had not planned on it happening to me.

I refused the call on my life to serve God full-time and rapidly found myself neck deep in the world of real estate. Soon I was making huge amounts of money as I rose to the top 4 percent of Coldwell Banker agents across the United States.

My wife found her way into the same world of success, enjoying houses and money that supposedly offered happiness. I had a radio talk show and lobbied for various causes on Washington’s Capitol Hill, rubbing shoulders with senators and other members of Congress. Oh yes, I was a player, as they say, and enjoying every minute of it.

But one day, sitting in church (yes, I was still going to church. I looked and acted the part very well—I even paid a faithful tithe. I was the perfect Adventist), I heard God speaking to my heart.

“Jim, the Holy Spirit may be poured out all around you, but you will not recognize it or receive it.”

I knew it was the voice of God. I hadn’t heard that voice speaking to me in years. Truth be told, I actually hadn’t been listening. But now I was. Here I was sitting in church — lost. Praise God that He did not give up on me.

I began studying my Bible again as my prayer life grew rapidly. I found myself praying this prayer over and over: “Lord, I want to reach the world for you. I don’t know how, but help me reach the world.”

I can’t believe what God has done in answer to that prayer. I have traveled to more than 70 countries. I’ve served at Amazing Facts, Adventist World Radio at the General Conference, and now Hope Channel, the largest denominationally owned television network in the world. And I could tell you more.

Yes, God answers prayer!

We are told that, “Prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence” (Steps to Christ, p. 94-95).

Let’s not forget the importance of this key, or of spending regular daily time with Him. Let’s not miss the outpouring of the Holy Spirit when it comes.

Jim Ayer is assistant to the president for advancement at Hope Channel. He also served as the producer of the 2015 film “What Might Have Been” — and is still praying that Ellen White’s vision of “What Might Have Been” will be realized in our day. Click here to view this film!

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Practical Application: 

Let’s once again remember these words from Inspiration:

“An intensity such as never before was seen is taking possession of the world. In amusement, in moneymaking, in the contest for power, in the very struggle for existence, there is a terrible force that engrosses body and mind and soul. In the midst of this maddening rush, God is speaking. He bids us come apart and commune with Him. “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10.

Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God. They are in too great haste. With hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ’s loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel. They have no time to remain with the divine Teacher. With their burdens they return to their work.

These workers can never attain the highest success until they learn the secret of strength. They must give themselves time to think, to pray, to wait upon God for a renewal of physical, mental, and spiritual power. They need the uplifting influence of His Spirit. Receiving this, they will be quickened by fresh life. The wearied frame and tired brain will be refreshed, the burdened heart will be lightened.

Not a pause for a moment in His presence, but personal contact with Christ, to sit down in companionship with Him—this is our need.” Education, p. 260

Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to stop and take time to connect with You daily. Help us realize that apart from You, we can do nothing! Show us our need. Wake us up before its too late. We don’t want to miss the Latter Rain when it falls! Thus, help us always to stay connected to you! In Jesus’ precious Name! Amen!