C. Gifted people can get a lot of “ministry” done in the kingdom of God just through their personal giftedness.
1. The problem is we then tend to rely on our personal giftedness to get the “Ministry” accomplished, and often times a lot gets accomplished! But not in comparison. When we work “we” work but when we pray God works. E.M. Bounds
D. Time Pressures
1. In life there are lots of things trying to eat up your time. (work, family, ministry, friends, activities, relaxation, TV, etc.)
2. The most important time commitment you can make is an appointment with God every day.
a. We all know that intellectually when the time crunch comes what we will let go of. And the time crunch will come.
b. Guard that time commitment as if your life depends on it. (because it does). Don’t ever give it to anyone or anything else. It belongs to God. Sacrifice sleep, relaxation, TV, yes even Ministry if you have to.
3. Find out how much Grace you’ve been given for prayer time.
a. Grace is Gods empowering of you to be who He created you to be. Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
b. We were created differently so we have different amounts of Grace. Don’t compare yourself with others. II Corinthians 10:12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.