Today’s woman seems always to be pressed for time. We do it all, or at least try to anyway! Busyness fills our days to the extent we have very little time left for a very important aspect of our lives… our spiritual life. Today I’d like to give you seven ways you can include prayer throughout your day when you think you don’t have time to pray. These don’t have to be any lengthy prayer. Just simple requests made to God with authenticity and simplicity.
Pray when…1. …names just “pop” into your mind seemingly for no reason. This happens to me all the time. Of course you need to be mindful to this happening and pay attention to it even if it seems silly at the time and you don’t know where the name even came from.
My husband likes to tell little silly things I do just so he can make people laugh. I don’t mind, especially when I think they are silly too. So let me tell you the latest funny story he’s been sharing about my silliness! You see, my husband and I always pray together before bed every night. Usually we watch a little TV together. This night, as most nights, I fell asleep half way through the show. He wakes me up to pray when the show is over. I groggily begin praying. As I am praying for people I include the previous show’s main character. This wakes me up enough to add, “Oh, wait! They aren’t real! Sorry God!” Of course, my husband bursts out laughing! God loves when we laugh. I can just imagine how His eyes twinkle in merriment at our earthly antics! Later, the next day, I am thinking about this and smiling. Then I realize that yes, praying for a character from a show is silly, I can pray for the actor portraying that character. So that is what I do. I don’t know that person’s needs right then, but God does, so I ask their need at the time to be filled and that they be blessed.
2. …as you drive. I find myself reading constantly! If there are strings of letters put together, my mind reads them. I don’t mean distracted driving, but just normal things you need to be aware of anyway. For example,
- Billboards. You may or may not have them where you live. We happen to have quite a few in Missouri. Sometimes these are advertising and include a name so I will pray for that person or business. Many times these will be about relevant social issues. They remind me to pray about the needs of our community and world.
- Street signs. Pray for the people on that street. One street sign I pass not every day, but frequently, happens to be the last name of a friend of mine from many years before. We aren’t in touch any more but every time I read that name on that street sign, I send a little prayer for him.
- Stores and businesses as you pass by. Don’t forget hospitals, ambulance districts, firehouses, and police departments.
- Highway signs honoring the memory of those who have died. Send a prayer for continued peace and comfort for their families.
- Emergency service personnel that travel those roads such as highway patrol (and no, I don’t mean pray so they don’t give you a speeding ticket!), sheriff and deputies, emt and paramedic personnel, police officers, firefighters, highway workers, etc..
3. …you are having normal conversations throughout your day. There have been times when I am just talking to a friend and I realize they have a need they have not spoken. I can pray for them as this is discovered either verbally or silently as we talk.
4. …you are on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Its amazing how much I learn on social media that I feel the need to pray. Friends will post prayer requests for themselves and family and friends. But sometimes, just like billboards, it can be social issues that need to be prayed over. God wants us to pray for our country and those in charge, just as we should also pray for our world as well.
5. …you are waiting in line, or in an office, or at a traffic light. Pray for the people who are working hard to get you through that wait. Doctors, nurses, receptionists, cashiers, and tellers just to name a few. Pray for those around you waiting at that light that seems to be so slow to change. Pray for those on your prayer list. Pray your favorite scripture. Pray for your pastor and church. Pray for your family and friends. Use that wait time to pray.
6. …you are “ticked off”. This one is an interesting one and for which I need to confess. I tend to get a little angry when someone cuts me off when I’m driving, or takes “my spot” in the parking lot, or cuts in the checkout lane. You know what I mean. Yes, you. I try to stop myself before I get angry and pray that person will be blessed (honestly). Its hard to do sometimes but it not only helps the person but myself as well.
7. …you are blessed. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving when you are favored with a great parking spot, a pleasant cashier, a surprise discount… Look for ways of praying with gratitude.
Be mindful and intentional as you go about your day and you will be amazed at how much time you actually do have to pray. God didn’t say our prayers had to be long and flowery. He just wants us to communicate with Him genuinely and honestly. I would love to hear how you include prayer throughout your day! Send your thoughts in the comment section below and let me know what you do to pray when you don’t feel you have the time.