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!

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  • Sharon

    Amen it is true that the cares of this world entangle us. But we have to make a conscious decision to wait upon God, to spend time in bible study and prayer. To allow God to direct our every path. I want to be still and wait upon God to lead and guide me for His glory.

    • Dara Brown

      Amen. This is my prayer too.

  • Ros Farrell

    Lord, I want my heart to be in tune with Yours. Forgive me for giving it to things of far less value, and teach me the joy of investing my time in opportunities to serve You. Thank You Jesus. Amen

    • Dara Brown

      Amen Ros. I echo your prayer.

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Derek Morris

    May we all learn a lesson from Jesus who
    “in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, went out and departed to a solitary place, and there He prayed.” Mk. 1:35
    Thank you for your prayers on my behalf as I begin my new ministry assignment as President of Hope Channel.
    We are already seeing God work in marvelous ways.

    • Eding Sevilla Dela Cruz

      Yes Pastor we need to seek the Lord daily at the twilight so we can listen His voice clearly. Thank you Lord for reminding us once again. Please for my whole family to be drawn closer to God each day and be used by His work.

    • Dara Brown

      Amen Pastor Derek. May God lead you in every way as you now take on your new position. He used you amazingly through Hope Sabbath School, so I know He’s going to do even greater things through you now.

    • Elaine James

      Praise the Lord

    • MARDCDE

      Praying!

    • banji olajide

      Amen, may God continue to strengthen you and your ministry.

    • Letty Kaltonga

      Amen Pastor Derek, in such time as this knowing that Jesus Coming is very very soon as signs foretell it is vital to spend priority of our time on our knees seeking Him, His Holy will in our lives, every moment of our lives daily in Gods speeding and willing.

    • Elnorie Caballero

      Pastor Derek, you are in our prayers here in ECD. May God grant you the wisdom as you lead out in this powerful Hope Channel Ministry, as never before.

    • Mavhoro Tawona

      Amen and Amen. Prayer is the breath of a Christians.

    • Mitchell Naibaho

      God bless your ministry, pastor!

    • Caylin Solomon

      Congratulations, Pastor Morris. Our home is being greatly blessed through Hope Channel. There is an elderly gentleman in our church who makes flyers on how to install the Adventist channels and always give me the latest ones to distribute. His ministry is through television. May God continue to touch hearts through Hope Channel!

    • Brenda Clark

      May God continue to bless you and the staff of the Hope Cnannel. I watch Hope T V on Direct TV Channel 368 from my home in Harvey, Louisisna every day. I especially enjoy Hope Sabbath School,
      Mission 360 and the Special Preaching and Teaching sessions. I love it all. Keep up the good work in helping to build up the Kingdom of God.

    • Liudmila Oliynyk

      Thank you pastor for your witness. Even here in Italy I thank God for Hope Channel and I thank you for your smile. I know He ‘s going to do great things even here.

  • Pat Henry

    This came at the right time for me. I am here in my devotation and wondering if I am spending the quality time I NEED to spend with God. Thinking of what I need to do today and trying to rush my devotation. Lord keep me focused on You and to put You first knowing that the time spent with You is what is goin to take me through the day and that nothing else can succeed without you.

    • Dara Brown

      I asked myself the same thing. You are absolutely right. This was very thought provoking this morning and definitely right on time.

  • Desiree

    Dear SAVIOUR,thank YOU for life and for encouraging our hearts this morning,reminding us of where we need to focus our goals and what should be of highest value. The things of this life will sure pass away, grant us the courage to choose YOU and YOUR ways above all else,may we be the examples that YOU have called us to be,none of which we can accomplish in our own strength,so we pray for YOUR Holy Spiirit guidance ,take total control of our minds and hearts and use us to YOUR names honor and glory. Amen.

    • Dara Brown

      Amen!

  • Rosalia

    Amen, Lord help me/us to to have a closer walk with you. In Jesus name

  • Natasha

    O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee, my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longs the for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. To see thy power and thy glory so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Hear my cry Oh Lord and attend unto my prayer, amen.

  • banji olajide

    Amen, thanks for your admonition and prayer.

  • Mthokozisi Ngwenya

    Amen and Amen,praise the Lord God almighty for this week testimony.

  • PNB

    May God continue to use you and the Hooe ministry to glorify Him. May God keep you humble and help you and this ministry to maintain the right focus . May you always get the mercy to sacrifice ratio right. ‘ I desire mercy and not sacrifice…’ Blessings! – Peter Nigel

  • PNB

    ‘Hope Ministry’

  • Marcelo A. Coelho

    I’ll translate this text for my church. My dream is to be like Jesus and to have a church doing the same.

  • Caleb

    Amen.
    This is very true, we need to increase our personal relationship with God, satan knows that he has no much time left so he is doing all he can to prevent us from inheriting the kingdom of heaven, but God will win. Daily we face problems, let us not let that take our mind off Christ. May God grant us the power of the holy spirit to be able to focus on Him instead of things of this world, Amen.

  • Telisha

    Thank you for sharing this eye-opening testimony. It is so easy for us as Adventists to get caught up in the outward expression while neglecting to give time to the inward working and leading of the Holy Spirit- sometimes because we study how others might react.

  • Caylin Solomon

    Spending quality time with God every day is one of the most important things we can ever do. Jesus always did it, even though He is God Himself.

  • Benjamin G.Karn

    This is most of us adventists weakness PRAYER
    Workaholics and the devil is robbing us of speaking to the Master for strength. Remember us brother that we will improve our prayer life.

  • Ken Onye Ine

    Dear Father, teach us to pray, help us to keep our eyes on you, grant that the cares of this life will not take us away from you. Amen.