In week two of the Discovering the Power of Prayer Blog Series, my friend and fellow blogger Jennifer Moye joins us to share simple ideas for how you can start praying more each and every day. If you missed week one of the series, you can still access that post here.
“I would love to have a prayer life, but I just don’t have time for that right now.” This was a statement a friend shared with me the other day. She is a busy mom of 4, working full time outside of the home. She is overwhelmed with life and just can’t bear the thought of one more thing added to her daily list. I get it. I think a lot of us are like her. We have somehow gotten the idea that prayer looks like an hour long quiet time, tucked in my war room (aka my closet with the door barricaded shut), and uninterrupted quality time with Jesus.
Don’t get me wrong, this would be wonderful! But if I am completely honest with you – this looks like a good opportunity for a nap. Just keeping it real today.
Ephesians 6:8 tells us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests.” While hours of devoted time in prayer are wonderful, scripture tells us to be in prayer constantly and with all different types of prayers. For many of us, the above idea is just not feasible in this stage of life. Does that mean we give up all together? No! Prayer in its simplest definition is simply paying attention to God. Perhaps a conversation that involves slightly more listening that talking. That’s it. No fancy rules or formalities. Just you and your creator talking about the day.
Here are five easy ways to pray more every day. I hope you will find them helpful!
Rise and Shine
You know the how the old Sunday school song goes, “Rise and shine and give God the glory-glory children of the Lord?” There is some serious merit to that! Whether your alarm clock looks like a black rectangle from the depths of Hades or the beautiful face of a snotty-nose, full diapered 2 year old – the best way I have found to start the day is to find 30 seconds to pray before my feet hit the ground. There isn’t a better way to start the day than acknowledging my Savior and taking a short moment to ask Him for guidance for what the day will bring. God equips each of us with spiritual gifts and armor designed to help us thrive in this life and bring Him glory. We must never forget that prayer activates this armor (Ephesians 6). In our daily lives, if we leave out prayer we are walking around with talents and weapons designed to help us fight our enemy – but they are like useless, heavy junk without being activated.
If you work outside the home, this one will probably be easiest for you. This is an easy time to shout out to our Father praises and petitions. Some mornings I find myself in tears standing in the shower.
As the water flows over my face and covers me completely, I find myself in awe that Jesus’s sacrifice covers me from the consequences of my sin in the very same way this water crashes over me. He chose to wake me up this morning and give place air in my lungs – He even chooses me to do His work here on Earth.
Now, if you are a stay at home mom, or work inside the home this one may be a little more of a challenge. Let’s just be real honest – I don’t always get a shower every day – not with three little ones running around. But when I do, you can ride on the fact that my naked hinny will be having a conversation with my Creator in the shower!Read More