We have choices. Life circumstances can happen to us; yet we get to choose every response.
We can choose to shed the Rat Race.
Jesus did it. Others do it. We can do it.
Friend Keith Roberts points to wisdom by saying, Spiritual apathy, the waste by-product of prayerlessness, creeps up on you because of this simple mistake: when the schedule gets crowded, prayer is the first thing left in the dust. Let that happen and you lose perspective. Back to the Rat Race, running and circling but accomplishing little of real value.
Prayer calms an otherwise bossy, demanding, pushy, and hurried world.
When we aren't in prayer for God's provision and when we are forgetful to live immersed in thanksgiving toward Him, we take charge by two things; worry and control. Neither help. Each calls for more of the same. And still, neither satisfies.
We find life running at us from too many directions because we put the cycle on speeding spin.
Prayer leans upon God. If He responds immediately; very well. But should He wait, we learn to wait with Him and for Him. God runs the show. We don't. Prayer helps us to trust during the wait. He will be there.
Fear moves in if prayer moves out. We fear we will miss the bargain, will not be keeping up with the world's expectancies, or that we will fail to gain certain accolades if we should fail to be assertive. Prayer, however, moves fear out.
Prayer believes God; believes He is functionally aware and perfectly capable to handle our little piece of space on earth. He knows how.
The Rat Race can be shed. It takes discipline to say "No" to the many things one feels pressed for engagement. Prayer threads life's dailiness together for peaceful production.
This may be the 21st Century; but it is not the boss.