I’ve had a habit for a couple of years now (honestly, it’s more of a discipline) of praying over my calendar on Friday for the coming week. It was originally intended to help me keep my activities in the right perspective by offering them to God, which it has certainly done.
As I became more disciplined with ‘calendar prayer’ I became (duh!) familiar with how well-spent (or not) my days were. However, there have been some ‘unintended-by-me’ fruits from this practice, the most important of which is I’ve said ‘no’ to things more, which has made room for the opportunities and people God has placed in my path. Initially, saying no was uncomfortable because I’d already said yes; this resulted in my praying over items before putting them on my calendar at all. I’ve even started praying about when to schedule doctor’s appointments before I even get to the doctor’s office. Recently this was revealed a worthy practice when I fell ill with an infection the night before a previously scheduled doctor’s appointment.
It isn’t always so obvious, but it is clear to me that God does honor the practice of surrendering all of my time to His Lordship. You might say, of course he does… or you might say wow… or both. It was a real revelation to me, and a place where I gained more faith in God’s control and lost some in my own. That’s a good, or should I say, God thing.
But I trust in thee, O LORD, I say, “Thou art my God.” My times are in thy hand…
–Psalm 31:14, 15