Is It Selfish to Take Time To Pray?
Maybe you’ve heard of it? Exodus 90 has taken the Catholic world by storm in the past year. A program for men to practice ascetic routines, prayer and fraternity, Exodus 90 has become synonymous with “I’m serious about my faith”.
I was at a recent event and one of the attendees was on day 33 of Exodus 90. At one point, he broke off from the group in order to find a chapel and pray. I was impressed. It wasn’t as if he got up in front of everyone and made a scene. Rather, he used the free time in the meeting schedule to head off and pray.
When was the last time that you broke off from the pace of your day to pray?
This “breaking away” can feel very selfish. What will people say? Will anyone notice? How will it be interpreted?
A bit of context here: Jesus took time for prayer. Luke 5:16 says this about the Lord’s time management, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
We could end here and just leave it at, “If Jesus did it, I can too...” This would be reasonable.
But how about some other practical bits of advice? Here are three that come to mind:
Don’t think that everyone is watching you. The man I was with at the meeting? I doubt that anyone even noticed that he was gone. The same goes for you and me when we take a few minutes alone to pray.
Many good things in life can be seen as “selfish”. Eating healthy foods is selfish and also something you should do. Working out is selfish and also something you should do. Getting 7-8 hours of rest is selfish... you get the point.
Sometimes you just need to get away. As you build spiritual momentum, God will impress on you the times when you just need to get away.
Is it selfish to pray? Sure. Does that mean that it’s something to avoid? Hardly.
Anything that’s good for us has a level of self-reference but that shouldn’t stop us from doing it. Give yourself permission to get alone with God and together, get on the same page. You’ll be glad you did.
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