By Francis Frangipane
Satan cannot distract you with worldliness, He will overwhelm you with
weariness. Indeed, how easy it is to wear ourselves out; even good works
done without recharging ourselves in God can drain us of life and
energy. Daniel speaks of a time at the end of the age when the enemy
will attempt to "wear down the saints of the Highest One" (Dan. 7:25).
God never intended for us to do His will without His presence. The power
to accomplish God's purpose comes from prayer and intimacy with Christ.
It is here, closed in with God, where we find an ever-replenishing flow
of spiritual virtue.
Weary in Well-Doing
the early 1970s, during the beginning of my ministry, the Lord called
me to consecrate to Him the time from dawn until noon. I spent these
hours in prayer, worship, and the study of His Word. I would often
worship God for hours, writing songs to Him that came from this
wonderful sanctuary of love. The presence of the Lord was my delight,
and I know my time with Him was not only well spent but also well
pleasing to us both.
However, as my life began to bear
the fruit of Christ's influence, the Holy Spirit brought people to me
for ministry. In time, as more people came, I found myself cutting off
forty-five minutes from the end of my devotional time. On occasion,
ministry to people extended into the night, and I stopped rising as
early as I had.
Church growth problems began to eat at
the quality of my remaining time; ministerial expansion, training
younger ministries, and more counseling and deliverance crowded the
already limited time I had left. Of course, these changes did not happen
overnight, but the months and years of increasing “success” were
steadily eroding my devotional life. In time I found myself in a growing
ministry but with a shrinking anointing to sustain it.
day an intercessor called who prayed regularly for me. He told me that
during the night the Lord spoke to him in a dream concerning me. I was
eager to hear what the Lord had revealed to my friend, thinking perhaps
He was going to increase our outreach or maybe supply some needed
finances. I asked him to tell me the dream.
Lord said had nothing directly to do with the projects and priorities
that were consuming my time. He simply said, "Tell Francis I miss him."
what burdens we carry -- what weariness accumulates -- when we neglect
the privilege of daily spending time with Jesus. I cried as I repented
before the Lord, and I readjusted my priorities. No longer would I
counsel people in the mornings. I would spend this time again with God.
was sure I would lose some of the people who had recently joined the
church. These were people who had come specifically for personal
ministry. I knew I would not have the same time for them as before, but I
had to make my decision for God.
The next Sunday
morning I announced to the congregation that my mornings were off
limits, consecrated to God. "Please," I said, "no calls or counseling. I
need to spend time with the Lord." What happened next shocked me. The
entire church rose and applauded! They wanted a leader who spent more
time with God! They were tired of a tired pastor.
enter the coming days, our primary activity will be to minister to
Christ. Certainly there will be increased pressures. There will also be
times of great harvest and spiritual activity. No matter what
circumstances surround us, we must position ourselves first and
continually in the presence of God. For to miss our time with Jesus is
to miss His glory in the day of His presence.
it is the fragrance of Jesus, cultivated in secret, that manifests
through us the knowledge of Him in every place. Forgive me for being
anxious and troubled about many things, when to sit at Your feet was the
only necessary thing. I choose now that better part, and gratefully
receive from Your intimacy the better things which shall never be taken
Adapted from Francis Frangipane's book, "And I Will Be Found By You" available at www.arrowbookstore.com.