Ruth Paxson (1875-1949) wrote: "Friends, it seems to me that I can see two hands outstretched to grip the throat of Christians and to strangle prayer. One is the hot, feverish, restless hand of worldliness; the other the cold, nervous hand of ceaseless activity. Has either gripped your throat and all but stopped your prayer?"
We can be one with Christ or one with the world, but we cannot be one with both. If the love of the world is clutching at your throat, it will surely strangle your prayer life.
Ceaseless activity, even good activity in the name of Christ, will also thwart your prayerfulness. Better to step aside from worldliness and busyness and retain our prayer life than to lose the latter and be devoid of the Spirit.
Watch today for those two outstretched hands that are reaching for your throat. Refuse their pull and stay close to God.
Andrew Murray said "God cannot hear the prayers on our lips often because the desires of our heart after the world cry out to Him much more strongly and loudly than our desires for Him."