“rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer” (Romans 12:12).

In the extensive catalogue of qualities that should be evident in the life of the believer (v.9-21), my eyes are continually drawn to the third clause of the above verse…”devoted to prayer.” Confessionally, it is the one from which I am most easily distracted. I suspicion that because we are so “connected,” we create our own disruptions. While each one is but a brief moment, just “checking” our incoming tweets, email, texts, and Facebook posts, in the effort to keep with what is happening on the timeline of our “friends” lives, can add up to a great deal of wasted time. We must recapture our lives and no longer be held hostage by the tyranny of the urgent.

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