A man was once cutting a tree stump with an obviously blunt axe. He was only bruising the bark as sweat poured from his beaded brow. Someone suggested that he stop for a moment and sharpen the axe, to which he replied, “I’m too busy chopping the tree to stop for anything.” If he would only stop for a moment and sharpen the axe, he would slice through the tree with far greater ease.
Stop at the beginning of each day, and “sharpen the axe” through prayer. Seek first the kingdom of God and you will slice through that day with far greater ease.
“We pray for His kingdom to come; we don’t bring it in. Oh, the conceit of prayerless activity! P. T. Forsyth said our worst sin is prayerlessness because of what it says about who we really think is in charge of the church and the universe.” Ben Patterson
Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.