When You’re Busy… Pray!

“Pray without ceasing,” the Bible says, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess 5:17,18).  But how can we pray always, especially when we are so busy?

Prayer does not have to be long nor formal.  “We may speak with Jesus as we walk by the way, and He says, I am at thy right hand. We may commune with God in our hearts; we may walk in companionship with Christ. When engaged in our daily labor, we may breathe out our heart’s desire, inaudible to any human ear; but that word cannot die away into silence, nor can it be lost. Nothing can drown the soul’s desire. It rises above the din of the street, above the noise of machinery. It is God to whom we are speaking, and our prayer is heard.–Gospel Workers, p. 258.

We don’t have to be on our knees, nor close our eyes – get into the habit of talking with Jesus throughout the day, whether you’re in class, working, eating, or talking with a friend.  A quick praise, request, thought – speak to Jesus as to a friend.  It takes less time than texting (which we do all day long).  “Jesus, I learned something new just now.  Can you help me remember it?’  “God, I am tempted to be sarcastic to this person.  Please help me to be kind instead.” “Lord, thank you for helping me to get to class on time.”

Especially when we’re busy, we need to guard against neglecting prayer.  Prayer is the breath of the soul.  As often as you breathe in and out, speak to God and let His Spirit fill your heart.

Father God, please help me to talk to you more throughout my day!  I love You and want to speak with you. I need help in getting into that habit, so please remind me.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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