Summary: A brief message on structuring prayer time.
STEWARDSHIP OF TIME
INTRO: To redeem means to reclaim by payment of money, or to recover by labor, that which has been lost or alienated; or to preserve by prudence that which is in danger. This definition is wisely applied to our use of time.
I. IT IS ASSUMED THAT TIME IS PRECIOUS.
A. Time is precious because all of us have much business on our hands, both physical and spiritual. There is much work for us to do.
B. Time is precious because time is short and uncertain. Our work must be done soon, or it never will be done at all.
C. Time is precious, because part of it is already gone. What remains is increased in value. We have no time to waste.
II. WE MUST REGAIN THE TIME WHICH IS LOST.
It is true that time which is past cannot be recalled. But we do the best we can toward the recovery of lost time when we reflect with sorrow and regret on our foolishness of the past, and resolve to be wiser in the future.
III. WE MUST USE PRUDENCE TO SAVE, AND DILIGENCE TO IMPROVE THE TIME THAT REMAINS.
In vain we pretend to lament our past foolishness, unless we apply our hearts to wisdom. Godly sorrow will work in us carefulness and conscientiousness.
A. Guard against the things which rob us of our time.
1. An lazy habit. Solomon said, “The slothful saith, There is a lion in the way.”
2. A multipurpose nature is active, but often lacks stability and persistence.
3. An excessive fondness for company and amusement is the cause of much waste of time.
4. Do every work in its season.
a. There are some tender seasons, when the conscience is awakened. These seasons are God-sent. Use them as He expects you to.
b. There are seasons which are appropriate for particular duties (daily devotions, etc.).