While we were always created to be the captain of our own ship, we are not the ship’s owner; who knows how to better operate a vessel than the one who created and built it? The owner knows how he built the ship with all its idiosyncrasies. He knows the ship’s weight capacity, and the level of storms it can withstand. How do we get the assistance we need when the seas are both calm and stormy?
- Prayer transforms us.
- God told us to.
- He wants to work with us.
- It gives us a relationship with him.
- He wants us to get to know his heart.
So, how do I fit prayer into my already insane schedule of things? Well, there are a lot of ways to fit prayer time in.
- Running or walking. Whatever your exercise regime may be, it’s a good time to check out of this life and tune into your spiritual life. It could be silence, meditation, or prayer.
- Podcasts on your errands. Listen to favorite podcasts and audio books when dropping kids off at school and running errands like a crazy person. It puts a sense of calm and positive perspective into what otherwise can quickly become a frantic day.
- Daily devotionals. I have a book that has very short devotionals for women. It takes me five minutes to read it, and each ends with a prayer and reflection. It’s an excellent way to start or end your day. You can use the prayers to set your day on the right path or use it to show on the past day and focus on the next.
If you’re more like me, and a little less structured and organized — who often doesn’t dedicate to any one form of prayer all the time — there is an easier way to bring God into your day, every day, all day. For dedicated one-on-one time with the Lord, St. Francis de Sales proposes the following simple three steps:
Step One: Ask.
Ask God to be with you. In as much as he always is, this invites us to be attentive in return.
Step Two: Offer.
Offer the moment to God. Great, painful, difficult, etc. Offer the joys or the suffering of the moment.
Step Three: Accept.
Accept whatever comes out of the moment with him.
Making prayer a regular routine has become part of my routine, it hasn’t always been simple, but with time, practice, and effort, it’s possible. It’s so possible you can get into the habit of doing the above method without even realizing it. It, in a sense, becomes part of you and it’s a great habit to form. In praying, we not only give God the opportunity to assist us steer the ship, but he assists us to navigate both calm and rough waters because every situation is a chance to progress. We get to work alongside him in living our lives the way he meant for us to live it.
Permit every moment of your life to be a sacrament because if every moment is a gift from God, then, it definitely qualifies as one. It doesn’t have to be anything so beautiful; it’s not about where you are, it’s about where you want your heart and mind to be. So, pray. Offer up your moments to God; good, bad, happy, silly, boring, blah, painful, and sorrowful. Go now, and ask him to lead your ship, even if that course happens to be through doing dishes: Beg him to be with you, offer up the pan that needs scrubbing, and accept from him what he decides to give you in that moment.
If you have been missing him in your life, offer up all the things. You just might be surprised to hear him say, “Hi, I’m still here. I’ve just been waiting for you to be here with me.”