Finding Time for Prayer

Finding Time for Prayer

Question: I realize that prayer is important, and I want to use it to connect with God, but it never seems like I have the time. How can I fit it into an already busy day?

Answer: It takes time to communicate with anyone, including God. There’s no way around it. It’s a mistake, though, to think of time spent in prayer as time that could have been better used to get other things done, because if you take time to pray, you’ll be able to get a lot more done than you would otherwise. It’s an investment, but once you start reaping the benefits, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. Here are a few tips to help get you started:

Make a conscious effort. Like forming any new habit, this will take consistent determination. In time, though, you’ll find that you’re remembering to pray more, and forgetting to less.

Make prayer a priority. You always have time for the things you consider most important.

Set aside specific times in your daily routine. If you wait till everything else is taken care of, it will never happen. If you find that one time of day doesn’t work well for you, try another. If you miss your appointed times one day, don’t give up! Try again the next day.

Set attainable goals. It’s not how long you pray that counts, but how earnest and sincere you are and how much you believe your prayers will be answered.

Take advantage of spare moments. You can pray during a coffee break, when stuck in traffic, while waiting for an appointment, while cooking, while taking a shower, while waiting for the baby to drift off to sleep, while walking the dog—almost any time, really.

Pray before starting each new task. “In all your ways acknowledge [God], and He shall direct your paths.” In many cases, a prayer of only a sentence or two is all it takes.

Pray at the first sign of trouble. Ask for clarity of thought, composure, strength, inspiration, or answers—whatever you need at the moment—and God will give it.

Matthew 6:33 ESV – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:6 ESV – But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

John 15:1-5 ESV – I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

6 Comments

  1. Bernabe D. Dugas
    August 17, 2014, 4:12 am   /  Reply

    Always start everything with jesus..

    • Chris DeBisschop
      August 9, 2016, 6:54 am   /  Reply

      Amen!

  2. Brenda Zwane
    August 19, 2014, 2:17 am   /  Reply

    God help me and my family. Brenda Zwane

  3. Rose Situmbeko
    October 4, 2014, 9:09 am   /  Reply

    God help me as I take up my new job,Lemme feel your presence. AMEN

  4. Chris DeBisschop
    August 8, 2016, 10:04 pm   /  Reply

    Thank you Heavenly Father for this beautiful day! Also wanted to say hello to my beautiful girlfriend Kristen 🙏 May we all grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ this day! Amen.

  5. Mikey
    August 11, 2016, 8:46 am   /  Reply

    As I will stand witness, God truly answers prayers, as He did for me today. I came to work filled with fear and apprehension, so I asked the Lord to set me free from my dark clouds…and the Almighty Father did.

    Be humble, be honest, be sincere and be helpless and He will hear your petitions. To God be the glory, Amen.

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