Time to Pray
The Bible says, “Don’t worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need,
and thank him for all he has done.”
We like the “don’t worry about anything” part of that verse, and the “tell God what you need” but we often neglect the “pray about everything” part. God wants us to spend time with him in prayer.
Life can be hard and there are not always answers. Sometimes we don’t know what to pray or maybe we just can’t pray. It’s comforting to realise that prayer didn’t come naturally to the disciples. “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray’...” ( Luke 11:1-4 and he taught them the prayer we call The Lord’s Prayer.
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The gospel of Luke 11:9-10 goes on to tell us...
"Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."
Activities of the day want our immediate attention and pull us in many directions. Have you ever thought or said ‘I find it hard enough to do the essentials so how can I be expected to find time to pray?’ Jesus may have felt this way but he found time to pray alone, with others, for others, for thanks, and for us because he could do nothing without God, and neither can we. It is important to spend time in prayer.
Prayer is about our relationship to God. Like any relationship, it requires time and needs to be worked at.
Through this website I will try to share my views and experiences of Meeting God in the Everyday.
I am a wife, sister, friend and in the past I have been a nurse in the NHS, an Acupuncturist and since 2014 I've been an ordained minister in the Church of England. At the moment I am the vicar of four rural parishes in South Warwickshire.
Meeting with God Every Day
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Some of us are used to praying on the run, but our relationship with God cannot flourish unless we find time to be fully present with and to God: speaking and listening to one another, sharing silence or beauty, delight or sorrow. Intimacy grows when we invest in this kind of quality time – both in human relationships and in our relationship with God. There is truth in the familiar phrase, “If we’re too busy to pray, we’re too busy.”
You don’t need to live in a monastery to set aside time for prayer. In fact, the busier we are, the more we must not let our busyness get in the way of setting aside time to pray.
Can I challenge you this week to pray?
Imagine what changes could be ushered in through your prayers!
Is there a community dilemma? Pray about it.
Is there a person that rubs you the wrong way? Pray for them.
Is someone under some pressure that is trickling down to you? Pray.
Is there someone or something that worries you. Pray.
But don’t forget to say ‘thank you’ for all he has done. Pray.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him but he likes to communicate with you through prayer. Go ahead. Reach out to him in prayer today!
Try this: On a daily basis, set aside some time when you will be simply and fully present to God. Decide how much time you will spend each day, and stick with that time every day. You might light a candle, say a prayer of praise, gratitude, self-offering, or intercession. Or you might read a passage of Scripture, jot down a word or phrase that stands out to you, and keep it in your pocket throughout the day. You might use set prayers you might just talk from your heart.
In the morning: Many people find it most meaningful first thing in the morning, perhaps even before getting out of bed. (Resist the urge to turn on your phone or check your email first!)
At the midday: Claim some moments in the middle of the day to once again give God your full attention. This need not be long or elaborate. You might sit for a few minutes, consciously being still in the presence of God. Pray with your breathing. Breathe in what you need – hope, strength, joy, love – and breathe out anything that is clogging your soul – fear, despair, anger, temptation. Or if you wrote down a word or phrase in your morning meditation, return to it again. This midday connection will reawaken what you received from God in the morning. Enter again into that experience of grace in the middle of the day, whether you’re full of light and joy, or when you’re stressed or distracted.
In the evening: Save some time to reflect on the day that has passed. Claim and name your gratitude; acknowledge where you missed the mark; ask God to take whatever residue may be weighing on you, and then rest in peace.
May the Lord our God bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.
(Numbers 6. 24-26)