Do you struggle to find time to pray? Many of us lead busy lives and we have many obligations which can make it hard to find time. Here are 5 small ways that can help you find more time for prayer.
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When we make a conscious decision to make time for prayer, God will bless that time.
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5 Ways to Make Time for God
Make it routine.
You write things like meetings and social events on your calendar, so why not schedule your daily prayer time? Look at your daily schedule. Figure out what time will be best to devote to prayer, and then make the commitment. This way, you will work other obligations in around your daily prayer time. Now, you no longer have to struggle to squeeze prayer in, or give God your “leftovers” at the end of the day.
Pray in little ways.
Did you know that you do not have to pray an entire Rosary all at once for it to “count”? You can keep a Rosary in your pocket. You could wear a Rosary bracelet and pray just one decade at a time, when you have a few moments in your day. Similarly, you can pray a Divine Mercy chaplet or memorize a short prayer, like the Jesus Prayer. Use those words to pray in small moments throughout your days.
Get social with your faith.
Is there a Bible Study, book club, or women’s group you might join at your parish? Among your many social obligations, look for ways that you can grow in your faith with new social commitments at your parish.
Read God’s Word.
How much do you read Scripture? Look for ways that you might read a Psalm daily or memorize a part of Scripture as an addition to your prayer. It is so good to focus on God’s word in your everyday life. I mention a book I recently purchased, The Abbey Psalter, a beautiful and inspiring resource that can encourage you to pray with the Psalms.
Have reminders at home.
You can use a crucifix or other holy images in your home as a daily reminder to turn your mind and heart toward God. Light a candle or put Post-it notes on the fridge or bathroom mirror to remind yourself to say a small prayer. Bonus is that you encourage other family members’ prayer lives in this way as well!
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A writer, speaker, wife, and mother, Danielle helps women from all walks of life discover their dignity and worth so they can find peace, balance, and joy in family living. Danielle has been married to her husband Dan for 28 years, and together they have eight amazing children.
Danielle is host of The Gist, a talk show for women on CatholicTV, and author of several books, including You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth and Momnipotent: The Not-so Perfect Guide to Catholic Motherhood, as well as her latest book, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday.