“I would love to have a prayer life, but I just don’t have time for that right now.” This was a statement a friend shared with me the other day. She is a busy mom of 4, working full time outside of the home. She is overwhelmed with life and just can’t bear the thought of one more thing added to her daily list. I get it. I think a lot of us are like her. We have somehow gotten the idea that prayer looks like an hour long quiet time, tucked in my war room (aka my closet with the door barricaded shut), and uninterrupted quality time with Jesus.
Don’t get me wrong, this would be wonderful! But if I am completely honest with you – this looks like a good opportunity for a nap. Just keeping it real today.
Ephesians 6:8 tells us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests.” While hours of devoted time in prayer are wonderful, scripture tells us to be in prayer constantly and with all different types of prayers. For many of us, the above idea is just not feasible in this stage of life. Does that mean we give up all together? No! Prayer in its simplest definition is simply paying attention to God. Perhaps a conversation that involves slightly more listening that talking. That’s it. No fancy rules or formalities. Just you and your creator talking about the day.