I’m a big believer in the importance of lingering long with Jesus.
Taking time to savor.
To bask in His presence without hurrying to the next thing.
I learn about this from God’s Word, which tells me that in His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11), that it is good to be near God (Psalm 73:28), and that being with Him is in fact what I was made for (Psalm 41:12).
I also learn the importance of concentrated prayer from Jesus’ example. He withdrew by Himself often for prayer, in part to set an example for you and me.
Yes, I believe in dallying with God. But I also believe in the importance of building a faith that works in real life. And real-life experience has taught me that some seasons are more conducive to lingering than others.
Devoted time with God should be a priority. But during those seasons when my time with God is not as long as I’d like it to be, He has graciously taught me the beauty of His invitation to “pray without ceasing.”
It turns out that I have far more opportunities to pray than I ever realized.
And it’s very likely that you do, too.
When to Pray When You Don’t Have Time to Pray
1.)In the shower. Can you believe that this one habit gives me at least ten minutes of extra prayer time every day? That’s more than an hour over the course of a week. What a blessing to be able to redeem that time for eternal value!
2.)In front of the mirror. I’ve found it helpful to tape a few Bible verses on my mirror so I can spent time praying the Scriptures for myself, for my family, and for others God brings to my mind as I’m getting ready in the mornings.
3.)In the car. As much as I love listening to Christian music in the car, what I love even more is turning the music down and talking with God, especially when I’m alone.
4.)In line. This is a great time to pray for the needs of the people around me. I ask Him to use me to bless them, as He sees fit. God has used times like this to help me see people as He sees them, instead of overlooking them because I’m so intent on my own agenda.
5.)In waiting rooms. As a bonus, praying while I’m waiting in line at the grocery checkout or the post office helps me practice patience.
6.)At the ironing board. This is my least favorite chore, and to be honest, I don’t do it very often. But when I do, I find that it’s a great time to pray for the person whose clothes I’m ironing – usually my husband.
7.)While changing sheets. It’s not unusual for me to pray over the bedrooms while I work.
8.)While cooking. By dinnertime, I’ve usually been made aware of several prayer needs throughout the day. God often brings some of these back to my mind, and I pray for them in between answering my kids’ “What’s for dinner?” questions and helping with homework.
9.)While cleaning. Vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, dusting, cleaning bathrooms…All of these rather mindless tasks are great opportunities to commune with God in prayer. While I clean, I devote my home and the people who inhabit it to the Lord.
10.)While folding laundry. I love to pray for family members as I fold their clothes. Sometimes I’ll choose a single virtue to pray for each person. Other times I’ll focus on specific burdens each person is carrying.
11.)When I see a need. If I get a text or an email with a prayer request, or I find out about a need in some other way, I stop what I’m doing for sixty seconds and lift that request to the Lord. It doesn’t need to be lengthy to be effective.
12.)While breastfeeding. As far as I know, this season is over for me, but the countless, cherished hours spent nursing my babies were used to nourish their bodies and nurture my soul, as I chatted with God about all kinds of things that were on my heart.
With a little bit of intentionality, unceasing prayer can become a way of life for God’s people.