Often when life gets chaotic people lament “I just don’t have time to pray”. I can relate to this and have felt the same way when life’s constant hustle and bustle begin to overtake me. Today as I sat in slowly moving traffic during peak rush hour, I realized what a perfect time it was to pray. I was alone in my car. It was quiet. I wasn’t rushing off to do something. Even if I had wanted to rush off somewhere to do something, I couldn’t because I was stopped in traffic. Rather than become frustrated about the slow moving pace of traffic, I used that as an opportunity to spend some quiet time alone with God in prayer.
This experience reminded me that prayer is not so much about praying in a particular way or in a specific place. Instead prayer is about talking and listening to God in all of life’s moments. I Thessalonians 5:17 sums it up well “pray continually” (NIV) or “pray without ceasing” (KJV). So the next time you feel like you don’t have time to pray, try this: pause, take a deep breath, and remember that you can pray right where you’re at, right then and there. Take advantage of this unexpected prayer time and rest in God’s presence.