I haven’t watched the news in a while. A busy life and toxic talk in the headlines turned me away. In an effort to stay connected to the world we live in, I pulled up current news websites this weekend to see 3 Attacks on US Soil in New Jersey, New York and Minnesota. Life is full of conflict and confusion, and people are hurting. We may be too busy to tune in to the news every day, but we can never be too busy to tune in to the power of prayer. We can have a prayer life in a busy life.
Since my days changed with a new job nine months ago, I’ve taken a fresh look at my exercise of prayer. Giving up on this spiritual lifeline is not an option. If we limit ourselves to one image of successful prayer, then we set ourselves up for failure.
There has to be more than one way to have a prayer life in a busy life. Not everyone can sit uninterrupted at the kitchen table, run to a prayer closet, or drop to their knees when news arrives. Praise God for those who can, but are the rest of us are doomed to prayerlessness? We can’t be. If God’s inventive enough to make our diverse world, we can be personally innovative in our prayer habits.
Sometimes we need someone to give us a new idea or tool to kickstart a new practice in our lives. I’ve shared my ABC’s of Praying for Children. I love the printable prayer calendars for boys and for girls shared with subscribers by my writing-praying mom-friends. Being forced to pray in new ways can be good for our prayer life
How to have a prayer life in your busy life
- Embrace the morning – You don’t have to be a morning person to make this work. You can get up earlier, but you can also make your first conversation one with the Lord as you choose your clothes, brush your teeth, and straighten your hair. Prayer doesn’t only happen standing or sitting still.
- Use the night – I used to feel guilty falling asleep talking to God, but I’ve learned to enjoy being put to bed by my Father. Waking up may be a call to stir your heart to reasons for praise and petition that only rise to awareness when life is still and dark. Instead of problem solving the next day, turn to prayer in the night.
- Bathe life in prayer – The shower is a chance to wash away cares of life by talking to the One who purifies hearts. If we can be comfortable singing in the shower, why not praying?
- Turn the key -When I’m longing for a sanctuary, the Lord reminds me He has given me a daily drive to work. When I turn the key, I can talk to Him freely. Conversations with the Lord can happen in the car.
- Bullet point prayers – The same skills we use to make shopping lists work well for prayer. Date and make a bulleted list of reasons to give praise, confess needs, and cry for help. As you write, talk it out, letting your hand set the pace for heavenly conversation.
- Schedule a date – Every relationship benefits from scheduling time together. You may not make a date every day, but we can carve out time head to slow our pace, quiet the place, and have an undistracted talk with the Lord. It might mean getting up earlier, staying up later, or using a lunch break, but it will be time well spent.
- Walk it out – My friend Cindy loves to walk and pray, using cards with names and needs written on them. It’s not just an idea for those with a chance for a recreational walk, it can work for those walking the office, church halls, or grocery store aisle. Walking in prayer can happen as we walk anywhere.
- Technology – Unless you live under a rock, you’re probably tapping a lot of talk to those in your life. But what if we did more than text or type? What if we also tagged on a prayer? For that relationship? That decision? That concern? Some of the greatest prayer warriors in my life connect with me through technology. Pray as you connect, or use tech to convey your prayer.
- Stop, drop and pray – Sometimes we see a need and we have to stop where we are, drop what we’re doing, and pray. Pray for guidance, for wisdom, for help. Pray with an overflowing heart of worship. Sometimes praying can’t wait.
- Pray as you do – “Whistle while you work,” or pray as you do. Pray about life as you live it. The people who wear the laundry. The person who will read the email. The co-worker giving the presentation. The child whose braces are paid for by your work. The spouse who will sit at the table. When we pray as we do, we develop the mindset of praying without ceasing. (1 Thess. 5:16-18)
Life is full of conflict and confusion, and people are hurting. The prophet Micah wrote in a time when there was, “no one upright among mankind.” Sound familiar? But he wrote, “I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me,” (Micah 7:7). Life is too hard not to pray, so we may be too busy to tune in to the news every day, but we can’t be too busy to tune in to the power of prayer.
What habits in your busy life help you have a prayer life?
Prayer Life Resources for your Busy Life
- Praying for Boys by Brooke McGlothlin
- Four Ways to Pray for Your Girl by TeriLynne Underwood
- 10 Bible Verses to Pray About my Schedule
- How to Pray Every Day from Focus on the Family
- Let’s Talk About Prayer
- 30 Prayer and Verse Cards for subscribers of the Mom Initiative
- The American Divide: A Prayer Guide by my friend Kathy Howard
- Prayers for a Hurting World Guide from Do Not Depart
- More prayer resources here at Come Have a Peace
The new 9 week Lavish Grace study kicks off this week at The MOM Initiative. It’s the newest in my friend Kathy’s series of resources. I can always count on her to help me dig into God’s Word to find truth for life.