It’s been said if we really want to know what our priorities are, we should look at our calendar, or date book, or wherever we keep our daily appointments and “to do” lists. Open yours up and take a look. What does it tell about the things that are most important to you? In Philippians 4:12-13, Paul says that he has learned how to be content with what he has, how to live in plenty or in want. “Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” (The Message). Paul developed priorities that made him content, and knew his first priority was his relationship with God. Does daily prayer and the reading of scripture show up on your calendar or planner? Making a true appointment, written on paper or saved in an electronic file, emphasizes the importance of daily time with God. Most of us have many things competing for our time and energy. It is so easy for other meetings, tasks, or distractions to push daily prayer and scripture out to the edges of our lives. Seeing it on the calendar reminds us to protect that time from something less important, but more distracting. Set a time and a place for prayer, and hold it as your most important appointment of the day. That priority appointment with “the One who makes me who I am” can set the tone for the rest of the day and lead us to true contentment with whatever the day does or does not bring.
–Jennifer Creagar, Resurrection Prayer Ministries