How many errands do you have on your “things-to-do” list today? Personally, I always seem to create a list that is far too long to complete! Experience has taught me that there is never enough time to complete everything that I want to get done, but there is always enough time to complete all that God wants me to get done. And one of the highest priorities on God’s to-do list for me and every one of His children is prayer—what I like to call “eternal errands.”
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. (1 Chronicles 16:11)
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.(Psalm 145:18)
The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.(Proverbs 15:29)
Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Pray without ceasing. (1Thessalonians 5:17)
These are just a few examples of the eternal errands that God would have us run each and every day. The Bible makes it clear that one of the marks of the people of God is to be a posture of prayer. It’s truly unimaginable to think that the Creator of the universe invites us—commands us—to seek Him always through the throne of grace.
How many reasons can you find this day to go before your God in prayer? I’m sure that with even a little thought your list would become too long to count. And that is why we are to be in constant communion with Christ!
And know this: God does not care about the grammar of your prayers! God is not looking for flowing eloquence or grandiose rhetoric or theological exactitude. God does not demand some complicated metaphysical formula for approaching the throne of grace. Because He is “Abba” Father, He simply wants us to come to Him, whether we are praying in words, groanings, cries, or tears.
So . . . have you run any eternal errands today? Will you be running some later? Those people who say they don’t have time to pray really don’t have time not to pray! As a father of four, I love when my children come to me and make their requests. Why would I not? I am their father. So it is with our heavenly Father. He takes pleasure in—He delights in—the prayers of His children. Jesus invites us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
How about an “Eternal Errand” right now?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!