Acts 21:5 (NIV) “When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including wives and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray.”
The frenetic pace in which technological advancements have not only captivated our society but also dare I say hypnotized us is indeed frightening. Did you ever think you would see the day your phone gave you percentage reports on your internet usage? Let me be the first offender to raise my hand and say “My name is Andrae Crismon and I am a ‘technoholic’ trying to recover.”
This is not a piece that is anti-technological advancements. The devices and improvements that we are seeing really are a complement to our Creator. God put humanity on a intellectual path forward over 2019 years ago when he made man “in (His) image, after (His) likeness” (Genesis 1:26).
Yet, while it may be awesome to know that you can be in Kroger and lock your back door with your phone or ask a (seemingly) inanimate object how far away is the moon and get a spot-on response, these features do not feed our spiritual man and woman.
In this text, we see Paul, the disciples and their families gather outside the border of the city as they come together to pray. What a powerful and poignant occurrence! What if we put down our devices and ignored the 24-hour news cycle? What if we silenced our alerts and unplugged from our constant knee-jerk desire for connectivity? What if we turned off the television, pulled out an actual Bible and had a 20-minute Bible discussion and prayer with our family members or friends?
But Andrae, what you do not understand is the demands of my position. You do not know what I have to oversee. You are right. I do not and I would not judge. I am fighting my own battle to reduce my screen time. Yet, somehow, with all the demands of my day, I am still able to do a number of things that I want to do.
My prayer is “Lord, please help me to make time daily for doing the thing I need most —spending quality time with you.”
Andrae P. Crismon, Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is also the author of “Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: A 31 Day Devotional & Accountability Journal.” For more information about this devotional or booking Andrae for your event go to andraecrismon.org