The apostles gathered themselves together to Jesus, and they told him all things, whatever they had done, and whatever they had taught. – Mark 6:30
That is just what we should always do when we have been trying to do any service for Jesus. We should do it as well as we can, and then go and tell Him what we have done. At the close of each day we should go to Him and tell Him of all that we have done or tried to do during the day. We should tell Him how we have lived, how we have done our work, how we have wrestled with temptation, how we have treated our friends and those with whom we have met, how we have performed our mission as His servants, what words we have spoken for Him, what efforts we have made to do good or to give comfort or help, and how we have responded to the needs of others.
We must also not forget to tell Him about the day’s failures. Did we lose our patience? Did we give in to temptation? Did we neglect to share words of encouragement with those we should have? Were we unkind to anyone? We must tell Him of the efforts to do good which seemed to come to nothing. Often we are like the disciples who had toiled all night long and caught nothing. At the end of the day we feel like we’ve achieved nothing for all our efforts. Then sometimes we are tempted to stay away from the Master and give no account: what have we to report? Nothing but a fruitless day. But we should not keep away from Jesus — the one who sends us. Jesus had days in His own life that seemed fruitless, and He can understand our sadness when we come to Him with nothing.
So let’s tell Him everything. That is the kind of prayer that will bless us at the end of the day. If we have to give account to Jesus for how we have spent our time each day, it will make us be careful how we spend our time. It will keep us in more intimate with Him. Then His understanding nature will strengthen us for better service the next day.