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Is your prayer life sometimes boring? Hard to pay attention? Often get distracted? Feel just like you are going through the motions? I know that I’ve had seasons just like that. I’ve already confessed that if I’m not careful I’ll drift into rote and meaningless prayers before meal time.
I’m convinced that our theology and worldview is on full display in the way that we pray (or don’t pray). I agree with J.I. Packer who said, “I believe that prayer is the measure of the man, spiritually, in a way that nothing else is, so that how we pray is as important a question as we can ever face”. My prayer life lays bare not only the things which are important to me but also how important and self-sufficient I think I am. Prayerlessness reveals a self-sufficient heart.
~ Mike Leake
It’s Monday morning and I’m slowly recovering from Sunday. I take a brief look at the text for the upcoming Sunday. What I say to myself in that moment will determine what type of steward I am of God’s Word. There are two types of stewards in the Bible. When we consider handling the Bible, only one of these types of stewards is faithful to the master.
Consider Matthew 25:14-30 and what it says about stewardship. The manager here gives out different talents to individuals. His task for them is to improve upon what he had given. If he gives you ten talents then he is expecting more than ten talents when he returns. This is why the dude who kept the talent safe—by burying it in the backyard—was considered a worthless servant. He didn’t improve upon what the manager had given to him.