By Deanna Bartalini

WINE Pray in Field

 

Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain salvation upon you.” ~ Hosea 10:12

 

It is time to seek the Lord. I think Hosea is right. It is time. It is always time to seek the Lord, for when we do, we are greatly rewarded. Hosea says salvation will rain on us. What does it look like in our life today to sow, reap, break up the fallow ground, and seek the Lord?

An Invitation

I think it is an invitation to prayer, stillness, and detachment. It is a stepping back from daily life and spending time with God. I know you are busy. I also know I have used busyness as an excuse not to pray. I’ll pray while I drive, cook dinner, and clean the house; God understands. Well, yes, he does understand and does not suffer from our lack of focused prayer. But we suffer. We suffer in ways that we may not recognize at first. Here is how my suffering shows up – short-tempered, tense, forgetful, rushing, angry, impatient. I think we each have a list.

Taking the time to pray with focus and intention is a gift to God and to yourself. If you need self-care, invest the time in soul-care. Tending to our souls means we set aside time every day to pray in silence. How much time will depend on your life circumstances. I have more time to pray now than when I was raising my family. Take a look at how and where you spend time and find ten or fifteen minutes (or more) in your day and use it to pray.

 

Prayer:

Lord, help me to turn to you to sow righteousness and break up the fallow ground in my life so that I can receive your mercy and salvation. Amen.

Call to Action:

Look at how you spend time each day. When can you pray? Set an alarm on your phone or write it in your calendar and keep the appointment with God.

 

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