“How much should I pray each day?” is a question I often hear. And it’s often followed by a discourse on how busy a person’s is, getting the family ready for school or work, running errands, making phone calls, paying bills, earning a living, pleasing the boss, cleaning the house, and on and on.
I often respond, “Make every activity of your day a prayer.”
Prayer is not a rite to be squeezed into a busy schedule. Prayer should permeate everything we do. Like breathing. Do you ever stop breathing because you’re doing something else? Nope. You keep on breathing because it keeps you going so you can do other things. The same rule applies to prayer. When prayer undergirds everything you do, events go much better. So, never stop praying!
Prayer takes many different forms. It is not a time allotment, a ritualistic routine, a set of repeated words, or a vacuum of human activity. It’s knowing God’s presence and expressing it.
Yes, it helps to sit the body down in a quiet location and get thought zeroed in on spiritual reality without distraction. But for most people, this isn’t going to happen 24 hours a day, let alone 12, 6 or maybe even 1. But that doesn’t mean prayer can’t be on-going during the day.
Prayer is listening for God’s direction and following it. Prayer is seeing the presence of God in one’s neighbor. Prayer is expressing wisdom, intelligence, creativity and alertness. Prayer is Love in action. Prayer is productive, profitable, worthwhile activity. Prayer accomplishes grand results, achieves noble goals and changes the environment around you for the better. Prayer is shutting down human will and letting God lead the way.
Prayer can be non-stop for us when we put God first in our lives and let His wisdom and love lead the way in everything we do.
Prayer is not something to do on occasion. Prayer is the happiest and healthiest way to live on every occasion.