It's funny how we can make time to watch our favorite television, go to our favorite tavern or
restaurant.. However, we just do seem to have the time to pray.
We can easily pray any time, any place and God hears us.. There are the traditional prayers we perhaps
memorized as children, on our parent's knees or some form of religious education. We can sing out
praise to the Lord in church, we can whisper to Him while alone in a deserted park or field or join
others in prayer at a chapel. We can be creative and God won't mind. We can tell God about everything
from little nothings to great big problems and He will be interested. No matter why, when or how we
prayer, we can count on Jesus, his Father and the Spirit. Who knows, at some point, we may realize that
He can count on us. Let us give God chance.
Include the opportunity to pray in every day..
- Pray on your commute: Listen to a tape of Scripture, pray the rosary or just mentally converse with our Lord
as you drive or ride to and from work each day.
- Say a prayer each time you hang up the phone: It doesn’t have to be long. Just a simple, “Bless that person,
Lord” would be plenty.
- Practice an Alarm Clock Prayer -- every morning when you reach over to turn off the alarm clock -- make
sure to say a prayer to thank God for another day and for all your blessings.
- Practice Shower Prayer -- as you take your morning shower, pray to be cleansed of any anger, feelings of
bitterness and regret.
- Practice Driveway Meditation -- especially if you commute to work..as you drive ask the Holy Spirit to steer
you through your day and think about your "to be" list..compassionate, serene, and diligent and let grace-
filled thoughts fill your mind.
- Elevator Blessing -- next time you are on an elevator with someone else, ask God to meet the other person's
unique needs and add a smile on your own.
- Touch the Earth -- "Never let a day go by without touching the earth with your foot" (Native American saying)
Even if it is only for 5 or 10 minutes a few times a week.. Take a walk, mediate, and take it slow to observe
and experience your involvement with all that God has created in nature.
The Sign of the Cross is a wonderful daily expression of our
relationship with God. God is the One who blesses. This
prayer reminds us that each day, in good times and bad, in
danger and sorrow, God's care and blessings are never far
Tracing this holy sign on our forehead, our hearts and our
shoulders, we remember we are blessed in mind and heart
and all our being. We can approach God with confidence
through Jesus Christ whose ever present through this prayer,
"do not be afraid. Before you take one step, I reach to embrace
you with blessings in my hands."