I Prayed have prayed
Father, we ask that You help us to wait upon You, just as You wrote in the book of Isaiah. Help us to slow down and focus on You.

The following is an excerpt from our daily devotional Fellowship With the Father, written by IFA contributing writer Remco Brommet.

The microscopic menace labeled COVID-19, which very much resembles the types of plague frequently mentioned in Bible prophecies as one of the sudden and unexpected “shakings” God brings to get mankind’s attention, caused just about the entire world to grind to a halt. Church included. It has been widely regarded as a “Reset” a “Great Pause” or a “Forced Sabbath.” A time to reflect on our doings as the people of God.

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Perhaps because the pace of our daily lives in our technology dominated, instant-everything world was spinning out of control?

Perhaps because our treasured idols of financial success, entertainment, sports and creature comforts were crowding out His daily presence in our lives?

There are no doubt a lot more reasons why God brought about this unprecedented shaking, but I mention these for a reason.

A couple of months ago my wife and I read a book by John Mark Comer, a millennial mega-church pastor from Oregon. He burned out on being a mega-church pastor, re-evaluated his life, resigned his job and wrote a book about his experiences called “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.”

In it he makes a couple of crucial observations that spoke deeply to us.

First: the greatest enemy in our relationship with God is not unbelief, it is hurry. Why? Because God is never in a hurry. God is love, and you can’t hurry love (does that remind you of an old Diana Ross song?). Love is based on deep connection, and deep connection takes time.

Second: Jesus modeled how we should relate to the Father, and it doesn’t look anything like what we have become used to.

Everything we have talked about so far – coming, being still, listening, delighting, Spirit-directed praying, blessing (in short, loving God, loving people) – requires generous daily helpings of our time. Have you ever noticed how God would sometimes call His prophets to a desert retreat because He wanted to speak to them, and He made them wait for 40 days? That desert place is called “eremos,”a place of desolation – free from distraction or even natural beauty that would outshine the beauty of God’s presence – so He would become their sole focus.

The principle at work there: before we can truly hear God, we must empty our minds from hurry, distraction and busy-ness. For a busy prophet or spiritual leader, that apparently took 40 days of sitting in the desert doing absolutely nothing else. Most of us don’t have a desert nearby, so what would be our eremos? What would it take for us to spend a protracted time in His Presence, free from noise and distractions?

Today’s Prayer Assignment

Take your first step in the ruthless elimination of hurry from your life. Think about what you can do today to slow down. Ask God to help you. Remind yourself that God is never in a hurry because He loves us, and you can’t hurry love.

Take some time to meditate on Psalm 123: 2: Behold the eyes of the servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of the maidservant to the hands of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He has mercy on us.

And Isaiah 40:31: They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

Wait, look, seek – till He speaks, directs, refreshes, strengthens, loves.

Finally, think about some practical ways to eliminate hurry from your life so you can truly put God first in the use of your time and attention. After all, that is the whole idea!

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Author Remco Brommet is a pastor, spiritual growth teacher, and prayer leader with over 40 years’ experience in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the US. Born and raised in the Netherlands and pastoring his first church in Amsterdam, he moved to the US in 1986. He and his wife Jennifer currently live north of Atlanta, GA When not writing books, he blogs and assists his wife as content developer and prayer coordinator for True Identity Ministries. Jennifer and Remco are passionate about bringing people into a deeper relationship with Christ. Photo Credit: zbindere/Getty Images Signature.

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NanJohnson
November 28, 2023

Father God I thank you for showing me the necessity of time to really communicate with You. It cannot be accomplished when we are bound by our busy overburdened schedules and commitments most of which will never be important enough to affect eternity. I found that spending time with God really demands an open-ended schedule or more correctly, no schedule other than His guidance as we talk things over and Holy Spirit leads me into Father’s different topics of interest and concern. The fellowship is so sweet and all around us is the presence of love. I am free to bring up any subject with my Lord. The guidance and assurance are invaluable and truly will affect eternity as I listen and obey Him. Miraculous things come together as God’s will is worked out by way of His leadership and my obedience. My joy in serving Him and touching lives for Him is incredibly beautiful!! Glory to God in the highest!!Time with God is truly our most valuable possession.

Cathy
November 28, 2023

Great observation. We need to learn to be still and wait upon the Lord.

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Sharon CULP
November 27, 2023

Lord help me give Thanks to You for All things. Let me be purposeful in prayer for those who are lost and in need of a Savior.
Help me to be quick to judge my own sin removing the log from my eyes before seeing the spec in others.
Psalm 79:13 “But we are your people, the sheep of your pastor, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”
In Jesus name. Amen

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Maryanna
November 26, 2023

A timely word for me. Fasting is one way for me to hurry less. Even if It is one meal a day for a few days. It is a rest for my spirit & I have a more sensitive spirit. His word is more alive.
Thank you for such a great message.

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Robin
November 26, 2023

This was confirmation for me. The Lord has been showing me lately that slowing down isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Lots of things work better slowly…craftsmanship, God’s mercy, endurance training, contentment, much needed rest, and even God’s creation was done in 6 days. He could have spoken everything in one day if He wanted to. But, He decided to stretch it out a bit…haha. No I don’t think hurry was in God’s vocabulary. It is Satan who moves that way. And the Bible says it’s because He knows his time is short…so he rushes everyone else. Thankfully I serve a God who is everlasting, true, righteous and holy. There is no need to hurry or fear because He IS TRUSTWORTHY. He IS FAITHFUL. He is there. Always there. And because He is…I don’t have to hurry. Praise the Lord!

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    Robin
    November 26, 2023

    Lord help me to slow down and stay focused on you. I want to spend my time on what matters to you. Guide me in how you want me to spend my time and with whom I spend my time with making sure not to neglect what you have already placed in front of me. Help me to manage my time [wisely] prioritizing what matters to you so there is no need to hurry. I am free from discontentment, envy, jealousy, and greed. Therefore, I need not try to keep up with everyone else. My instructions are simply to follow you. (John 21:21-22)

    Thank you Father for loving me. You are a slow & steady Father: gently and patiently teaching his child. I am grateful.

    In Jesus name,
    Amen

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