Author: Beth Johnson
Amid all of the hectic activity of modern life, it is so easy to say, “I’d like to pray more, but I just can’t find the time.” You probably can’t find more time, but you can use the time that you do have a little better. Take brushing your teeth for example. We all do it; twice a day in fact. Make that part of your prayer time. Each night, as you brush your teeth, think back over the day that has just passed. What gifts has God given you that day? Did one of your children kiss you when he got home from school? Did a co-worker pick up something you dropped? Were you able to get a pumpkin latte at Starbucks? Think of those gifts and thank God for them. As you get into the habit of doing this, you will become more aware of all of the wonderful little things that happen each day; things that you might overlook in the midst of the not-so-wonderful ones. It need not take longer than the time you are already spending brushing your teeth. But a prayer of thanksgiving is a wonderful way to end your day.
The next morning, as you are again brushing your teeth, think back to the day before. When did you think or act in a way that was less than what God hoped you would? Did you snap at a co-worker whose gum-chewing was driving you up the wall? Did you automatically assume that the man panhandling at the intersection was just trying to take advantage of hard-working people? Did you ignore the elderly lady next door who needed a little help with her groceries? Tell God you are sorry for yesterday’s failings and ask his help in doing better today. As you continue to do this, day after day, you will begin to notice more times when you failed to “love your neighbor as yourself.” And as you notice, with God’s help, you will find it easier to stop. Again, your prayer does not take up more of your time; rather you pray as you are doing something you would be doing anyway.
There is, of course, much more to a prayer-filled relationship with God than brushing your teeth. But it is a good place to start.