With the arrival of summer, life seems to go into overdrive. Ball games, swim lesson, vacation, you name it. We have so many things pulling us in different directions that when night comes, we collapse in bed, exhausted.
I know from experience how our daily activities can distract us from the things that we really want to do. Our time with God can suffer greatly. Lets face it, He’s not begging us to go outside to play or standing at our desk asking for that project that was due 2 hours ago. He is simply waiting patiently for our time with Him.
The Bible has much to say about praying. Matthew 14:23 tells us that He, Jesus, went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Luke 6:12 states that Jesus spent the night praying to God. Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Feeling more overwhelmed yet? Of course, we know that we cannot compare ourselves to Jesus and his prayer habits. But we also know that prayer is a big part of our relationship with the Lord. The Father calls us into prayer with Him but he doesn’t set parameters on how we pray. We need to stop beating ourselves up for not spending 30 minutes on our knees praying each day.
I am here to challenge and encourage you and hopefully relieve a little pressure.
Tips on Praying
We all seem to be short on time. So why not utilize the time we do have to call on the name of Jesus. You can create space for Him even in the most unexpected places.
On the Go
If you are in your car driving to work or even just running errands turn the radio off and talk to God. Put a verse just above your radio to help remind you of the opportunity!
If you are at home with your kids during the day try having a prayer time while your kids are eating. Go to the bathroom (or another uninterrupted place), lock the door and spend 5 minutes sharing your need with the Father and praising Him.
If you have young babies or ones that need supervision during meal time, take 5 or 10 minutes during their nap time to pray.
Getting Things Done
The great thing about prayer is that you can do it while you are also doing other things like chores! Believe it or not, God wants to be a part of all of your day, even chore time! Mowing the lawn, folding clothes or doing dishes are great times to tell Him about your day.
One great place to pray is during a shower! Think about all of God’s attributes that have blessed you and praise Him for each one. Provider, protector, merciful and full of grace, Savior, counselor, redeemer and friend.
What to Pray
Not sure what to pray or even how to? An easy tool is to use Scripture. Use memorized scripture to pray over those in need (or yourself) at any given moment of the day. If you don’t have anything memorized, trying writing a verse down and carrying it with you during the day. A great example is Proverbs 3:5-6. After you read the verse pray something like: “Lord, help my friend to trust in you with all her heart and lean not on her own understanding.”
We can speak to God in prayer anytime during the day or night. If someone comes to mind, lift them up immediately in prayer. We don’t always have to close our eyes and get down on our knees to speak to Him.
Our ultimate goal is to spend more than just 5 or 10 minutes with the Lord a day. However, we know that our busy lives distract us from hitting the goal. Ultimately, we need to fight for a lengthy time in prayer. Prayer is a conversation with our heavenly Father and a time for Him to speak to our hearts.
So, if your schedule is interfering with your spiritual life, make a point on Sunday or Monday to schedule prayer and study time by weaving into your everyday schedule. Trust me, you’ll be glad that you did!