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Praying Saves Time

Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

This devotional appears in a booklet entitled Devotions & Prayers of Charles H. Spurgeon.

Sometimes we think we are too busy to pray. That is a great mistake, for praying is a saving of time. You remember Luther*s remark, *I have so much to do today that I shall never get through it with less than three hours of prayer.* If we have no time to pray we must make time, for if God has given us time for secondary duties, he must have given us time for primary ones; and to draw near to him is a primary duty, and we must let nothing set it to one side. There is no real need to sacrifice any duty; we have time enough for all, if we are not idle; and indeed, the one will help the other instead of clashing with it. When Edward Payson was a student at college, he found he had so much to do to attend his classes and prepare for examinations, that he could not spend as much time as should in private prayer; but at last, waking up to the feeling that he was going back in divine things through his habits, he took due time for devotion; and he asserts in his diary that he did more in his studies in a single week after he had spent time with God in prayer, than he had accomplished in twelve months before.

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