HABITS OF SELF
Wednesdays are my day of fasting and prayer for our men. I go without lunch on that day and spend that lunch time praying for our men and our
ministry to men. (This is not a “look at me” article, but this fits into the story.)
Tuesday is the day I typically try to write these articles for the bulletin, but I don’t always get them done on time. (This fits into the
story too.) Sometimes Roxanna even has to send me a message on Friday asking if I have an article, because I get busy and forget.
This week, on Wednesday I was sitting at my desk trying to get a lot of work done on my computer, and realized I hadn’t written an article
yet. It was around noon and as I sat there trying to decide what to write, I realized I had picked up my bag of almonds on my desk and was just about to pop a hand full into my mouth. You may think,
“What’s wrong with that?”, but remember, Wednesday is my fasting and prayer day.
It hit me that I had picked up the bag of almonds without even thinking about it. It was a habit: stomach rumble . . . feed it. Similar to
what happened in the garden called Gethsemane the night Jesus was betrayed when the disciples struggled with a similar habit: eyes get heavy . . . sleep. (Mt. 26:36-46)
Jesus’ comment to the disciples was, “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” Then he said, “Watch and pray so that you will not
fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
Peter must have learned this lesson because he writes, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self controlled; set your hope fully on
the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Pet. 1:13) He also writes, “The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” (1 Pet.
How dedicated are we to prayer? Do we set time aside to watch and pray, or do we let other things, (sometimes even selfish things), become
more important? Do we have habits of self, or habits of dedicated prayer?
Think about it.