Unexpected Prayer Time

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.

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