God has been speaking to my heart about spending time with Him in my current stage of life. Usually when the Holy Spirit is whispering to me about something, then I share it with you because I’ve found that if I’m dealing with an issue, often other folks are dealing with it too. I really do believe God loves it when we spend individual, undivided time in prayer with Him. Time that is specifically dedicated to Him and for Him.
However, if that is the ONLY time He gets, then we haven’t allowed His presence to live in our hearts as intended. This prompted the question:
Where can I pray besides my quiet time alone with God?
In other words, when our children are in busy seasons….
when we are working…
when we have to take care of our homes, our cars, whatever God has entrusted us with…
Where can we pray?
Honestly, we simply have conversation with God wherever we are.
Today I’m sharing 6 places we can pray in everyday life. I hope one of them sparks an idea for you and you find moments with God that you haven’t discovered before.
1. At the kitchen sink.
As you can imagine with my family of 9 bodies, I spend a lot of time at the kitchen sink. I love that I have a little window and I can see what’s happening in the backyard. Whether enjoying the blue of the sky or freshly fallen snow, I believe God loves it when I find things to chat about by the kitchen sink.
2. While driving.
Don’t get too carried away with this one or you’ll miss a turn. Not that I’ve ever been known to do that. Ahem.
3. In the laundry room.
Laundry is not my favorite- can I just tell you that? By being purposeful about having conversation with God instead of my usual mental self-conversation, I can be thankful and praise instead of grumbling and complaining.
4. In waiting lines.
Whether it is the car pickup line, the drive-thru, the post office, or the bank, waiting lines are a great place to talk to God- whether it’s just one phrase of praise or your reminder was set to pray for Susie’s surgery. If you get honked at, assume it is because of your “Honk if you love Jesus” bumper sticker. (a joke. semi-funny joke, but still a joke.)
5. At the car wash.
You’re not going anywhere and I’m guessing the machine will run the way it did the last time. Now if you wash your car by hand, you can still do this. It might take more focus, yes, but you can do it. 🙂
6. Lying in bed.
The first thought in my head when I wake up is typically: “Lord, give us strength to live for you and glorify your name.” If it doesn’t pop into my head right away, then I at least make sure I say it before I stand up from the bedside.
At night, I often fall asleep while praying. I don’t think God is offended at that one bit. I think He loves it. This is when I pray for my husband too. Those of you who have read my books might remember the story of how my husband worked night shift for ten of our married years until God answered our prayer for his job to change. The habit of praying for him while we are in bed lying next to one another is even more special because just having him home at this time of night is answer to prayer!
So I’ve given you a few of my places. How about you? I know you have some times and places that work for you and I’d so love it if you could share them. Or maybe you just never thought about praying to God anywhere at any time. There’s something so cool about having folks say- “Me too! ” I’d love to hear from you.
Where do you find time to pray?
By his grace,