"Do you have to be so intense?"
A friend of mine who works in missions was asked this question recently. His reply: "A soul is perishing every second. Yes - we have to make every minute count!"
I had to ask myself how I'm supposed to make every minute count -- especially on those days when I'm not directly doing missions-support work. What about cleaning the house and errands days? Does the speed of which I do the dishes really affect eternity? As I contemplated, a few thoughts wandered through... Haven't you been saying you don't have enough time to spend in prayer for missionaries and the mission field? That you would like to spend more time in prayer for the unreached? Using your time wisely gives you a few more minutes in the evening if you'll take advantage of them.
So I keep thinking about that. How many minutes do I spend doing other things? How can I use my time I do have to pray? (I've hung a world map in my bathroom and started praying systematically for countries. Then I look up that evening's country in my Operation World book.) And sometimes I'm more successful than others at using my time wisely and praying.
What are some ways that you have found to pray during the day or to make your time count for eternity?