PAUSE TO PRAY
*Parts of this post were reprinted in the post titled Pray Without Ceasing: Have Faith and a Thankful Heart, also shared on the blog of Amy Boucher Pye as Pray Without Ceasing, as part of her 7 Ways to Pray Series.
How often do you pray? Do you think about prayer throughout the day? Or do you forget until you actually take a break? Is it possible pause to pray at any time during the day no matter what you are doing?
In I Thessalonians 5 we read that we are to pray without ceasing.
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Those seem like pretty hard commands if we aren’t in the habit of them. My days can get rather busy at times and I neglect my special time of reading the Bible and praying. But that doesn’t mean all is lost. I can pray as I prepare meals, clean floors or during most any other household chore.
If there is an emergency I can breathe a quick prayer for wisdom and calmness.
If I purposely set aside time each day to pause and rest, I can take time then to pray. Some days I take a longer pause to sit on the porch or walk around outside. It gives me time to forget the chores calling my name and just relax. One Sunday afternoon I spent several hours just sitting outside.
PAUSE TO PRAY WHEN YOU HAVE NO WORDS
Praying doesn’t have to be done in a specific way.
Sometimes I don’t have words, but I know the Holy Spirit will help me. The main thing is to keep the communication going between myself and God. Just knowing that He hears anytime is a comfort. It’s important to pause to pray throughout the day.
TAKE TIME TO PAUSE
Whatever we do, even if we are busy, it is important to stop periodically. We can’t keep long hours working for many days before our bodies rebel. If we take even short breaks through the day, we might actually finish our work without being exhausted.
Lord, I call on you; hurry to help me. Listen to my voice when I call on you.
May my prayer be set before you as incense, the raising of my hands as the evening offering.
This is a combination of Day 16 and Day 17 of Five Minute Friday 31 Days of Free Writes, and the prompt words are pray and pause.
To read the other posts in this series click on: 31 Days of Encouragement