Miss Chafe, my 4th grade teacher, always gave an easy ‘bonus question’ at the end of every test, something impossible to get wrong. To this day I remember this one, “Is a minute a long time?” Who wouldn’t say ‘no’?…but the class was divided!
Well, is a minute a long time?
Unfortunately, our culture so highly values immediacy that any downtime or ‘waiting’ is seen as wasteful loss…inefficient and unacceptable. Mental pop-ups condition us to cyber-check and multitask. We wouldn’t dream of waiting a minute to hear from Google or any of the ‘answer gizmos’ of our day. Fastest car, quickest download… instant camera and telegram = instagram.
But God’s best – His strength, His revelation, His indwelling – only come to those who wait!
I remembered Miss Chafe’s question while praying. Do I get up upon my last request and start my day? Can I linger on, for one minute, and wait for the Lord to speak to me? Can I pause, even a minute, during prayer time to allow the Holy Spirit to align my prayers with God’s will?
Can I meditate upon a verse for 60 seconds, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring it to life in my heart?
God awaits us and often draws us in through fiery trials, unmet needs, and challenging griefs. But ‘suffering’ is not the designated time to wait upon God. The Bible calls that designated time ‘Today’.
Take the ‘minute challenge’ but with reverent trepidation…who brings a stop watch when meeting with a King? Sixty seconds exposes what’s in our hearts, the importance of our agendas and priorities.
Could taking a minute before praying make all the difference?
“Once you are sure that you are talking to the One who loves you intensely and the One who has all power to do anything in this universe, i.e. once we see the greatness of God, the greatness of His power, and the greatness of His love, then we are ready to pray.” Zac Poonen
Oh Lord, let one minute turn into two, into three…let us lose track of time in Your presence. Lord, let us linger not for just ‘an answer’…but to to know You and fellowship with you. What burdens Your heart? “Speak Lord, Your servant is listening…”