One of my favorite things I’ve observed from my husband in the last three months of living together, is his prayerful posture, at all times.
It’s blown me away how easily & simply he converses with God.
He invites God into conversation while he washes dishes, does laundry, and even while working out. He can simply be in tasks while conversing with God.
It’s been one of the most valuable lessons I’ve caught from him.
I think we get too in our heads about prayer. We assign all these rules that make us so uncomfortable that we neglect to pray because it feels too stuffy and restricted.
What if you invited God into a conversation while you were doing the dishes? Or while you were putting up the clothes? Or while you’re waiting in line at the store? Your life would shift; I am pretty sure of that.
You don’t always have to be in a quiet room to pray.
You don’t have to be sitting on the floor with a Bible to pray.
You don’t have to be anywhere but the present moment to have a conversation with God. He’s always available, and he isn’t looking at you and thinking, “Noooooo! Could you please not engage me in a conversation like that? Ayeh, I can’t stand that. Come back when you’re ready to lock yourself in the prayer closet.”
Wherever you are, in whatever you’re doing, you can practice being present with God.
In the book Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence writes,
“He does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time to time, a little act of adoration, sometimes to ask for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, at other times to thank Him for the graces, past and present, He has bestowed on you, in the midst of your troubles to take solace in Him as often as you can. Lift up your heart to Him during your meals and in company; the least little remembrance will always be the most pleasing to Him. One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.”
God is always near to you. You don’t have to leave him alone.
So today I’ve got only two words for you.
Right here. Right now. Click out of this blog. Resist the urge to scroll through your friends’ stories on Instagram (they aren’t going anywhere). Maybe talk to God for a moment. Get honest. Or pray for someone else who you know is going through it right now.
You don’t have to pray for the next three hours. But maybe for a moment or two. Thank him for His presence. Ask Him for His help. Praise Him for his goodness.
All good things start with a conversation.
Just start there.
P.S curious to know more about prayer