On any given day, we all have a lot to do. You don’t need me to tell you that. In fact, Americans are more stressed out than ever before. Because of smartphones, we’re always connected to our email and notifications, a constant reminder that there’s still more to do.
Every day has 24 hours, and every week has seven days. There’s no changing this. No matter how much you wish for more time, there simply isn’t any. However, I’ve learned that when I honor God with my time, He’s able to do something miraculous with it.
In the Bible, there’s plenty of stories of multiplication. One of the most famous examples is the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000—multiplying just a few pieces of bread and fish to feeding thousands of people.
When I was thinking about this recently, I realized that the same God who can multiply fishes and loaves can do the same thing with our time. No, God isn’t adding a twenty-fifth hour to the day or an eighth day of the week, but He is able to multiply what we can do with the time we have.
That’s why I’ve started praying this super-simple prayer when I’m overwhelmed with what I have to do:
“God, stretch my time.”
And you know what’s crazy? He does.
Now, let’s be clear: God isn’t helping me get everything done. It’s not that my inbox is always empty or every chore is magically done. Rather, He gives me something even better: discernment. Discernment to know what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. The more I pray this simple prayer, the more I end up saying “no” to things that don’t actually matter, and “yes” to the things that really do.
The best thing you can do for your productivity is stop trying to do everything. Instead, pray for discernment to know how you should be spending your time and strength to do the things required of you.
Do you know why God commanded that we take a Sabbath and rest? He intentionally designed us as finite beings who need rest, because then we have to rely on and trust Him. When I pray for God to stretch my time, I’m praying for Him to help me trust that He’s running the world and I don’t have to.