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By Appointment

Give ear to my words, O Lord;

consider my groaning.

Give attention to the sound of my cry,

my King and my God,

for to you do I pray.

O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;

in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. (Psalm 5:1-3)

One of the Elders of our church is a dentist by trade. Such specialized professions require appointments to be made, unless there are emergencies (more on that in a bit), and it is expected that once these appointments have been made, we keep them. In fact, if you do not cancel said appointments, there are penalties usually involved to the service you're requesting. This is to protect the business, but also to hold accountable the person making that appointment. And as my dentist friend has pointed out, there are always some who make appointments, break them, and then blame the office for their choices. Now let's take this and consider, for a moment, our time with God. Mark 1:35 gives us a glimpse at Jesus' habits with the Father, as He kept the appointments with the Father that He made: "And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed." As a matter of fact, all four Gospels agree that the more busy or stressed Jesus seemed to be, the more He would go and find a solitary place to pray. Why, then, do we, who call ourselves by His name not make such appointments? And if we do, why is it so easy to cancel our appointments last minute with God, while we don't when we visit doctors, dentists, mechanics, and other such services. Shouldn't He be our priority? I'm not claiming to be perfect, in fact, I'm talking to me here. Every morning, in theory, I have a time set aside to pray, study, and meditate with the Father. Some days I'm great at hitting that, many days I'm not. Today, I tried to get in to study when I reached the office, but found that I hit the ground running when I got here, and my study was often interrupted. This is what happens when we don't keep our appointment with the Father. Make time every day. Keep your appointments because there ARE consequences for missing them, and watch what happens when you begin to get close to the Father through prayer and His word. Watch how, over time, your reflection begins to look more like Christ, and you begin to rely, as Jesus did, on the leading of the Spirit completely for your life. This comes by setting and keeping those very vital important appointments with God each day.

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