Yesterday, one of the ladies on the Making It Home Yahoo Group posted about having problems with praying while going about her daily routines in her home. I responded, and in the past 18 or so hours, I have been “bombarded” with thoughts and messages from the Lord about this very subject. So I decided it must be because He wanted me to blog on it. First of all, I wanted to post some scriptures…..
This first one, Psalm 116:1-2 is in the New Living Translation (NLT)
1 I love the LORD because he hears and answers my prayers. 2 Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I have breath!
Here is the Lord’s command on prayer….spoken through Paul to the Thessalonians. Now I personally believe that this IS a command, not a suggestion.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (New American Standard (NAS))
- 5:17 Pray without ceasing
5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
Here is what I wrote to the Making It Home group…..
I often pray when I am cleaning, cooking, sewing, crafting, etc. This habit started 2 years ago when I was crocheting Christmas gifts for family members. I wanted them to be a gift of love, and what better way to love on someone than to pray for them? So I would sit in the afternoons and evenings and crochet and pray for each person that I was crocheting for. I don’t remember it feeling awkward, but as a mom of 4, I sometimes find that the only time I have to really pray for people, issues, is when I’m busy doing other things.
In the Bible, we are instructed to pray without ceasing. Paul was an example of this. The thing was, Paul didn’t lay prostrate on the ground praying all day, every day, he went about his normal business, and I would imagine that much of his work was done while having conversations with our Creator.
Also, praying while I’m going about my daily routines, doing dishes, baking bread, cooking, etc, helps me to keep my thoughts focused on the Lord, and keeping my mind from wandering to what could end up being impure thoughts and whatnot. In my own personal life, I have found that having an “attitude of prayer” helps to also keep my thoughts captive.
This morning I opened my email to find a e-newsletter from Women of Faith….guess what the subject matter was? You got it! Prayer! They wrote that there are many different ways to pray (using prayer journals, using memory devices to remind you to pray (such as “remember the bunch at lunch”) and reading prayers from early church leaders as springboards for your own prayers). For me, I just like to have “an attitude of prayer”. I have found that the days that I wake up with a prayer on my lips (my heart, actually), it is much easier to spend the day “praying without ceasing”. Yes, I do have focused quiet time with the Lord most days (I find I can focus better, and have less interruptions early in the morning before the rest of the family is up), but the days that I am able to spend the day in an attitude of prayer, my days tend to be much more peaceful, and purposeful! Any moms, wives, sisters, etc should know what I’m talking about……you know the old saying “If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy”…..well, that is SOOOO true in our home! Even before children, my attitude really sets the tone for the rest of the family. If I wake up in a bad mood, and don’t change it quickly (with the Lord’s help), it is often THOSE days that by 10 AM I am calling my husband at work just about in tears because everything is going wrong! I tend to blame the kids, the pets, the phone, the this, the that, but REALLY the blame lies with me! It is those days that if I go to the Lord in prayer (sadly, that is usually a “last resort”…..but I am working on it!….I AM a work in progress, you know :)) and ask for an attitude change, and begin the praying without ceasing, my day, my family, and life in general begins to look brighter and sunnier.
How do I have an “attitude of prayer” or “pray without ceasing”? I have an open line of communication with God. While I am making breakfast, as I am cracking the eggs, I may pray “THank you Lord for my r and her love of life and eggies”……while reminding the girls to feed the cats and dog, my prayer may be “Thank you Lord for the gentle spirits that you have given my girls”……while folding laundry, I may pray “Lord be with __________ when he/she wears this”, etc. If the Lord brings someone to mind while I’m doing something, I will just talk to God about that situation or person while I am working, crafting, etc. Another way that I have found to have an “attitude of prayer” is that if I am talking to someone and they either specifically ask for prayer, or I see a need for prayer, I will pray for them right then and there (sometimes out loud with that person, other times just in my heart……need to work on the praying WITH them though…..that means SOOOO much to people!).
My prayer for this post is that it isn’t just rambling and non-sensical, but that it will touch someone’s heart, and help them in their relationship with Christ.