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A Day at a Time: Quiet Time?

By Scott Harrup
March 24, 2013

Personal Bible study and prayer can create a welcome refuge in the midst of a challenging day. I often separate the two practices, with my most effective minutes of prayer falling quite early before sunrise and my best opportunity for Bible study landing in the evening.

While, often, these are little seasons of “quiet time” — as I’ve heard many people describe their own devotions — there are those other times.

Mornings when my prayers are anguished and answers remain distant. When a burden for a loved one promises to journey with me throughout the day. When a life challenge appears to be gaining ground instead of its solution.

Evenings when a passage of Scripture offers no glowing promise but, rather, a piercing rebuke. When a truth jumps from the page for perhaps the hundredth reading in my lifetime, and I realize I’m still just not getting it or only beginning to faithfully apply it.

This week’s features have reminded me of my unquiet confrontations with truth. S. Daniel Rushing writes of loving and praying for our enemies. Reuben Sequeira calls us to embrace forgiveness, no matter how difficult that choice. Steve Badger probably touches a well-worn nerve in many as he reflects on the need for unified worship within increasingly diverse congregations.

It’s tough reading, and may generate some soul-searching.
But something wonderful happens during my prayer and Scripture study in those moments when my life clearly exhibits a shortcoming, either in yet-to-be-answered prayer or with the rediscovery of imperfectly obeyed guidelines for living. As I confess my lack to God, He shares with me His abundance.

This Palm Sunday’s articles describe areas in life where our failures can be most glaring. But Palm Sunday points toward Easter. Our Savior’s death and resurrection have opened a way for us to embrace even the most difficult life principles of the Word, and to pray even the most difficult prayers.

We do so through lives transformed at Calvary and daily touched by the Holy Spirit.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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