A Divided Life vs. A Life of Prayer
by Pastor Gene
Prayer is a great unifier: it pulls together seemingly disparate parts of the believer’s life. While we have a tendency to divide our life into the “Christian” parts and the “other” parts, the Bible recognizes no such distinction. A.W. Tozer called this the “sacred/secular antithesis.” I think we might better call it the “sacred/secular fallacy”.
This kind of thinking creates an internal division between our ‘earthy’ life and our ‘spiritual’ life. It makes us what James calls “doubleminded,” and a doubleminded person is “unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8).
The truth is, once we’ve come to know Jesus, these are one and the same. We are “a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17), we’re to walk in the “newness of life” in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:4), and we’re to do all that we do – even eating and drinking – to the glory of God.
After we’ve experienced the new birth in Christ, everything we do should be with an eye toward glorifying our Heavenly Father and becoming more like Jesus. Conversely, nothing that we do should fail to acknowledge God’s glory.
I can eat my toast and drink my morning coffee to the glory of God – He, after all, is the one who provided these “good gifts” for me (James 1:17). “So,” Paul writes, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
I serve my employer – or, if I’m an employer, I serve my employees – just as though I were serving Christ. I “work heartily, as for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23).
There simply is no distinction between the ‘mundane’ and the ‘holy’ in the life of the believer. ALL that we do is sacred, set apart for God’s honor. We live by faith. We order our steps by faith. We make decisions about everything from what we’ll do to what we’ll buy to where we’ll go by faith – and that means by prayer.
We’re to pray “in everything” (Philippians 4:6). We’re to pray “at all times” (Ephesians 6:18) and for all kinds of people (1 Timothy 2:1-2). And we’re to do so “without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Why? Because “this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18b).
Prayer brings every disparate element of our lives together into one unified whole that praises the only true and living God. In this way we remain fixed on the goal of ‘glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.’
His we are, and His we shall be – world without end. So let’s live like who we truly are: children of the King!
Soli Deo gloria!
To consider …
- What areas of your life have you, perhaps unintentionally, divided into sacred and secular? How has this led to a sense of spiritual instability?
- What do you think of Paul’s admonishment that “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” means? What does it mean to you specifically? What does it mean to you practically?
- What can you do to close the gap between the sacred and the secular in your life?
- What do you think of prayer as a great unifier? I suggest that it pulls together seemingly disparate parts of the believer’s life into a unified whole. Do you agree? Why or why not?
- James 1:8 says that a “doubleminded” person is “unstable in all his ways.” Have you experienced this? In what way?
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