Think you’re too busy to pray? Think again. Here’s how to grab a few moments of quiet time with the Lord and develop a more fruitful prayer life.
1. Pray in the shower. People often sing in the shower, but why not talk to God while you lather up. It’s the perfect time to tell the Lord what’s on your mind, thank Him for your blessings — and yes, sing His praises.
2. Pray while you dress. Don’t stop talking to God once you exit the shower — or get out of the bathtub. Continue your dialogue throughout the morning as you dress for the day. But don’t do all of the talking. Listen to God as well. Often, He’ll bring scripture to your mind and heart that you can read in your bible immediately or later in the day.
3. Pray and exercise. If you’re an early morning exerciser, pray as you walk or jog on the treadmill, ride your bike, lift weights and stretch. Many times the Lord has spoken to me during my 5-minute warm ups and cool downs.
4. Pray with a buddy. One of the greatest gifts you can ever receive is a good friend you can call a couple of times a week with whom you can pray and read scripture. Find a time that’s convenient for you both, and make a commitment to stick with it. If all you have is two minutes, that’s OK. You’ll be amazed at how God answers your prayers and begins to work in your lives. (See related article at http://virtuouswomanministry.blogspot.com/2010/12/power-of-prayer-partners.html.)
5. Pray on your lunch hour. Drive to a park or semi-secluded area in a shopping center parking lot and devote 10, 20, 30 or 60 minutes to prayer and scripture reading. You can write out your prayers on 3×5-inch index cards just for this occasion. It will be a time well spent with the Lord as you cry out to Him and listen to His guidance and wisdom for whatever is going on in your life.
6. Pray with your kids at bedtime. This is a perfect opportunity to sneak in some prayer at the end of a hectic day. Pray prayers of thanksgiving, and encourage your children to pray about their own needs and those of the family.
7. Pray yourself to sleep. After you’ve put on your PJs, turned off the lights and snuggled under the covers, begin talking and listening to God until you fall asleep. The Lord promises to lead and guide you even while you’re catching some ZZZs (Psalm 16:7).