1I've always been a prayer.
Of course, there are times when my prayer life is better than others. There are also times that require that my prayers be deep, thoughtful and specific. But, I've also found that my little, quick prayers are just as important. They keep me in tune with God and they also allow me to think outside myself and immediate family often. Let me explain!
I basically talk to God all throughout the day through prayer prompted by the things that I see. It’s how I pray without ceasing. I started doing this a long time ago and have recently gotten back into doing it regularly (I got off track when my mother passed, understandably – I hope).
By remembering that God knows our needs and the desires of our hearts (and those of others) it’s easy to pray without ceasing by sending up a short, concise prayer as you go about your day and see the need for it.
Here are a just a few to give you a feel for what I mean:
When I shower, I pray: "God, please let today be a great, productive day for my family and I. Help me to do the right things and not the wrong things. May Your will be done in my life."
When I get my daughter dressed, I pray: "Thank you for keeping her safe Lord, God. May she learn and grow and be all that You desire her to be, oh God."
When we’re getting into the car, I pray: "I pray for traveling mercy, Lord, to and from our destinations throughout the day."
When we’re on the way to daycare, I pray: "I pray that you cover Madison when she’s not in my presence, Lord. Protect her from hurt, harm and danger, sickness and disease. May she thrive in this environment."
If I see an accident, I pray: "Lord, please cover those in this accident, God. I pray that you've spared all lives and that there are minimal injuries, if any."
If I see a homeless person, I pray: "Lord, God, no matter their situation, cover them Lord and provide for their needs like only You can. May they seek You and find You and may their lives be changed in the right direction."
When I make it to my desk, I pray: "Lord, please give me focus and clarity of thought. May today be good and not stressful."
If I receive a frustrating email, I pray: "Lord, give me patience and understanding. Help me to respond like You."
If something good happens, I pray: "Lord, God, thank you for Your goodness and Your faithfulness! I praise, You oh, Lord, for You are good and Your mercies endure forever!"
When I greet my husband in the afternoon, I pray: "God, I pray that You’re strengthening our marriage with each passing day."
When I’m preparing dinner, I pray: "Lord, may this meal be good, wholesome and nourishing to my family."
When I’m working with/teaching Maddie, I pray: "Grant me patience oh God. Help me to meet her where she is. Help her to grasp what I am explaining. May she learn and grow as she should, when she should, according to Your will."
When I’m preparing Maddie for bed, SHE prays:
“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray dear Lord my soul to keep. Guide me safely through the night, and wake me with the morning light. Amen, amen, and amen again. God bless mommy and daddy and the whole wide world, in Jesus name I pray. Thank you, Jesus!”
-Maddie, Her nightly prayer, word for word.
There are so many other scenarios that prompt me to pray instantaneously. Some of these prayers are quite the same day after day, but the majority of them are quickly presented to God in the moment as I notice something happen that I feel led to pray about.
Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
There are times, of course, (probably many) that call for you to surrender to your knees, to give God your undivided attention, to use and point to scripture, to spend time speaking to and worshiping him through prayer. But don’t count out those little moments throughout your day that you can send God a quick thought on behalf of others or yourself.
He’s always listening and ready to keep and cover you through all that life may bring!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7
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