I hate to admit it, so please don’t judge me, but I know that there are times when I get so wrapped up in things like making meals, updating my blogs, driving people to lessons, and a million other things, that I don’t take time to pray like I should.
I talked about this during Reconciliation last week. (That’s Confession, for those of you unfamiliar with that term.) The Monsignor that I went to suggested that I try to block out even just five or ten minutes at a particular time each day for prayer. For instance, he said, if I would try to pray at 4 pm every day, it would get to be a habit. I know this to be true, of course, because I almost always have to pray before I can fall asleep at night.
So, in keeping with that conversation, I thought I would look at ten little ways to add more prayer to your day:
1. Pray while preparing meals. I’m going to assume that your household is like mine, where people keep wanting meals every day. (How unreasonable!) Even if you only pray for a while, it’s still a great reminder to pray.
2. Pray while doing a task that you have to do often but that you don’t particularly care for, such as washing the dishes or dusting.
3. Pray for particular family members while folding their clothes or doing some other task for their benefit.
4. During nap times, if you still have children that are of a napping age. Around our house, however, only the adults are of napping age anymore.
5. Listen to religious music. Faith-filled music always has a prayer element to me.
6. Pray first thing in the morning, maybe even before you get out of bed.
7. Gather up your family and pray together at the same times each day, like morning, meal times, and bed.
8. Pray while in the bathroom. I know, this sounds like not the most reverent spot in which to pray. But, sometimes I do it because it’s quiet. I finally figured that God made all of the functions of our bodies, so He probably doesn’t mind.
9. Pray while in the shower. Again, it’s a great quiet time, especially in a busy day.
10. Pray when you tell people that you will. It’s easy to see somebody needing prayers on Facebook, for instance, and quickly reply, “I’ll pray for you,” and then just go about your day. Instead, stop right then and there and pray very specifically for that person and their need.
What other little ways during the day do you find to pray?