When you’re a busy wife, mom, business owner, employee, ministry leader or church volunteer, there are a few things you know you always need.
A good calendar.
A good system to manage everything you have to remember.
A couple of favorite restaurants on speed dial for last minute takeout when dinner disasters strike.
Seven to eight uninterrupted hours of sleep.
An hour of exercise a day to keep those brain cells sharp and those oxygen levels at peak performane.
I’m guessing a couple of you chuckled at those last two and you may be thinking… – really? Sleep? What’s that? My 5-month old doesn’t know what that is. Exercise? You mean when I’m rushing the kids out the door, or chasing the kids back to bed after their 50th billion time to get up and say “I’m thirsty”?
We’ve talked this week about spiritual growth. Following God’s direction. Understanding the Bible more. Today I want us to talk about prayer, because finding time to pray is just as important to our spiritual health as finding time to sleep is for our physical health – and yet, we don’t always place either of those as priorities like we should.
Martin Luther once said that “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
This is so true. As wives, as mamas, as women who others depend on in such a variety of ways, we need to make sure we depend on God in everything we do, and that dependence starts with prayer.
So here are some ideas I hope will encourage you to see prayer as less of something you have to “fit in” and as more of something you know you can’t go without. What other ways can you incorporate prayer into your life? Share with me in the comments!
5 Easy Ways Women Focus on Time to Pray
1. They get up a little earlier.
If you’re not a morning person, this one may not feel like such a great solution. Your pillow sounds a whole lot better! But setting your alarm even 15 minutes earlier can give you those few minutes you need to collect your thoughts for the day and give them to God. By asking Him for His lead and guidance on your to-do-list, your scheduled plans and even your not-yet-scheduled plans, He can give you the start and the confidence you need to face whatever comes.
2. They have a set routine.
Some women don’t like routine, but many do, and if you’re able to have daily habits you do, be sure prayer is one of them. Unless I’m traveling, I typically try to have a routine that looks like this: I get up by 5 a.m., and I shower and dress before my son is up. I feed the dogs, empty the dishwasher, make my son some breakfast (and my husband, too, if he wants it) and spend some time with Caleb before I drive him to school. After I come home, I make a cup of hot tea, grab my Kindle (which I use for my daily Bible reading) and then I spend about 10 minutes praying. Sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less. But I know when I don’t do it, I can tell a big difference in my attitude and my spirit.
3. They use reminders.
One of the best things I have done to develop a good consistent prayer time is to use a prayer app (yes, there are apps… even for that). I use the Prayer Notebook, which I love because you can set up different categories, assign different prayer needs for different days, and set alarms if there are requests you want to pray for at specific times, or just at various times during the day. But you don’t have to be high-tech for your reminders. You may prefer a prayer journal, or prayer cards you keep in a little recipe box on the kitchen counter. Having a reminder or a list of prayer needs you want to bring before the Lord is a great way to remember some of the reasons for WHY we pray in the first place. (Philippians 4:6).
4. They pray when they can.
Sometimes I think women convince themselves that a prayer time requires a literal prayer room or prayer closet where you can go in, shut the door, light some candles, and spend an hour or two alone with God. Sounds wonderful – but not very likely when you’re a busy lady! Billy Graham is known for constantly praying throughout his life, even in his early years of ministry, taking long walks to pray, and when he couldn’t take walks, praying throughout the day, even as he went from meeting to meeting or event to event.
He likely modeled his constant prayer life after Jesus, who we often see in the Bible going off to pray, in between healing the sick, preaching to the people and instructing and sometimes correcting His disciples. Keep the radio off and pray in the car after you drop the kids off at school, or on your way to work. If you homeschool, incorporate prayer time in your school day or if your children are young, during nap time. If you have a little one who still needs those nighttime feedings, use those times as scheduled times to pray as you rock your baby back to sleep. There will never be “perfect” times to pray. But we can always make time to pray…. when we’re intentional about it.
5. They pray where they are.
Pray for your kids when you’re making them their lunches for the day. Pray for your friends when you get a text from one of them. Pray for your husband when you hear him singing in the shower. Pray for your co-worker when you get their email. Keeping God as our consistent focus during the day helps us keep our attitude of prayer close, as we keep Him even closer.
Do you struggle with knowing how to pray? Or finding time to pray? What’s the hardest thing that keeps you from praying consistently?