I awoke to no heat. Dealing with the immediate issues stopped me from my daily prayer time. It was 30 below that frosty morning in Northern Colorado. Huummmph! Calls to the landlord, checking and rechecking the furnace and the thermostat gratefully produced heat an hour later. The much needed time alone with Jesus just evaporated as the heat kicked on around 6 am. Now the needs of children, husband, a friend on the phone and emails take priority. How do I get my head on straight without time with the organizer of my day?
5 Daily Prayer Time Grab and Go Options
1) One Word Prayers
HELP! This simple word acknowledges our dependence on the Almighty. (It is 50 degrees in here, Lord).
THANKS! Keeps us aware that God is ever present and providing for our good. (The heat did come on by 6 am, Thank You Jesus!)
WOW! Perfect for the little things that amaze and stun us everyday. (Wow, changing the batteries in the thermostat did fix the problem!)
2) Amen Prayer- The final word in most prayers, Amen. Which means “and so it is” or “ truly”. How many times in our busy Mom day do we just need to say “and so it is” knowing that the creator of the universe sees just what we see. No heat, spilled soup, a long line at the store with hungry tired kids.
3) Breath Prayer- YHWH the name too sacred to be uttered in the jewish texts is the movement of breath in our bodies. Breath in ‘ya”, out “way”. We are God breathed creation Gen 2:7. What better way to stay connected to I Am who I AM than to breath His Name.
4) Soaking Prayer- Soaking prayer is a short or long reflection of being held in God’s love. We do nothing in this prayer, we soak in the light of God’s glory merely by turning our busy mind to the light. Try picturing light surrounding you, or gentle rush of wind on your face, or water fountain flowing softly. All these on symbols of God. Take just a minute to soak up an image that works for you.
5) Written Prayer- Hang a written prayer in a busy area of your home. Kitchen, family room, bathroom, just the existence of this pray in a visible area will give you pause. Silly as it sounds I have a stove hot pad that says: Bless this House Oh Lord We Pray Make it Safe by Night and Day. Standing over the stove making breakfast or dinner is a daily prayer time for a busy mom.
Building Your God Connection One Breath at a Time
Building a relationship without having one takes time. Quick prayers throughout the day keep our connection to God flowing. Paul suggests we “rejoice always, pray continually, giving thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:16-18). Prayer is a continual process that does not mean you have to lock yourself in a prayer closet away from ever distract. God knows you are a busy mom, just breathing your daily prayer time is enough.