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Editor’s journey


Out of control

Minneapolis — I knew my daily schedule was out of control when I found myself attempting to talk on the telephone, respond to e-mail messages and eat a sandwich at the same time.

At that moment I felt deep conviction, as if the Holy Spirit was saying, "Hal, you need to work less and pray more."

The message came through loud and clear: I needed to place more confidence in the power of prayer than I did in the work of my hands. I needed to trust in the goodness of God and rest in the assurance that my family and I are in His care.

God offered a similar message to Moses in Exodus 33:14. Confronted with enormous challenges, Moses petitions God for guidance. In response, God says, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest" (NIV).

Lasting peace and comfort only come from having God’s presence in our lives.

For many, however, rest remains elusive. They don’t know how to find peace amid mounting financial pressures, job responsibilities and family obligations. Many attempt to escape stress through television, food, alcohol and other emotional sedatives. They pursue relief and relaxation through diversions.

Believers, on the other hand, can experience renewal by spending time with the Lord in prayer, Bible reading and worship. We can rely on the promise given by Jesus in John 14:27: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

Daily prayer demonstrates dependence on God and a hunger for His presence. But a daily routine where prayer is an afterthought reflects a life that is out of God’s control.

Want peace? Need rest? Try turning off the tube and invite God to renew your spirit and refresh your mind.

– Hal Donaldson

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