Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15-16

Infinite Lord, 

You are without beginning and without end, and are therefore not bound by time as we are on this earth. We mark times and days and seasons, and we often feel like we are run by the clock. So often we race from one activity to the next, stressed out and overcommitted, yet feeling powerless to change that. Yet at the same time, many of us can admit that we also tend to waste time and squander opportunities. We struggle to use our time wisely. Help us look to You as the perfect example of time management. Although You were pressed on all sides by people wherever You went, wanting healing or miracles or to hear Your teaching, You still made time to be by Yourself to pray. Please help us take spiritual refreshment as seriously as You did, Lord, making time to read Your Word and spend time with You in prayer even amidst our busy-ness. Do not allow the urgent things that pop up daily to crowd out the important things in life. At the same time, help us to allow free time in our schedules to account for interruptions and unexpected opportunities to serve others. Help us to avoid both extremes of slothfulness and overscheduling. Grant us wisdom to prioritize our time appropriately, and to remember that our time on this earth is limited. Especially help us not to waste any opportunities for sharing the Gospel with others. We pray that You “teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). May we redeem the time You give us until You call us to eternity with You.

Please help me manage my time in the following areas… 

In Your name I pray. Amen.

For a full explanation of this challenge, see the post 12-Minute Prayer Challenge. If you are just joining us, feel free to continue on with us from the current day, or if you prefer, you can go back and start at Day 1.