Empty Closet and a Tattered Bible

There was a young man who wanted to take about 20 hours of his work week to do ministry with it. The young man sat down with an old man and told him what he would like to do. The older man thought about it and asked the younger man if he was willing to take 20 hours a week and devote it to studying God’s Word and prayer. After a short time the young man said he didn’t think he could devote that much time to study and prayer. The older man then advised the younger not to do ministry. For so many people the only time they pull out their Bible is when they go to church. Listening to a sermon on Sunday morning just doesn’t cut it. We have to be in God’s Word daily and we need to be on our knees daily. Dr. Rick Rigsby says, “Men, you need an empty closet and a tattered Bible.” Men, we have to be in God’s Word and on our knees crying out for God’s help, for His leading, and for His grace. And we wonder why the Churches in America are dying, and why our nation is the way that it is. And we wonder why men in the Church are struggle so much with porn, and we wonder why there are so many couples going through divorce. We wonder why are children and teenagers struggle so much with sin, and running away from God. We wonder why pastors and those serving in missions are burned out and tired and fall to sin. Believers we don’t pray for our churches and for our leaders like we should. It’s amazing how some believers can spent countless hours on Facebook and the internet but cannot spend more than two hours in God’s Word and in prayer. Jesus, the Son of God, had to spend time with His Father. How much more do we need to be spending time with Him? I am not perfect. Every time I start to cut time out from my personal study time and prayer God convicts me of wasting time and for not coming and meeting with Him. Get into the closet, get into the Word, and pray that God will move not only in your life, but in the life of your church, family and friends.

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