While prayer at its essence is listening to God and talking to God (which appears simple) there is so much we can learn about how to do it well. From the time of Adam and Eve human beings have been praying in one way or another.
We can improve how we pray by listening and reading about how others pray.
One of my prayer mentors taught me about the importance of finding the right place to pray. These places can be varied from places of stillness and silence to locations that are busy and noisy.
At home I have a chair in my lounge room that I pray in regularly. Even though I could pray in a different place everyday, by praying in the same place regularly, I can get more quickly into the mindset of prayer. If you don’t already do this I would encourage you to try it for the remainder of Lent. You will be surprised how having a regular place to pray helps in your focus and surrender to God.
At times my life can be tremendously busy, as I know it is for many people, and if I had to wait for quiet I would never find the opportunity to pray.
If this is you why not learn how to pray as you travel to work. It takes time to practice but it can be tremendously rewarding. The secret is how you deal with your thinking. Accept the fact that on the train, bus or in the car there is going to be noise. Maybe get some quite instrumental music and play it in your earphones. I catch a lot of planes and I find these tremendous places to pray. While people may be all around me it is possible to block all of the distractions out and focus upon God.
ACTION: If you have not already decided that you will then decide now to pray each day. Then decide on the best location. Make sure the chair is comfortable or decide how you will block out the distractions. Remember prayer changes our lives as it connects us more closely to God.
GOSPEL READING: Mark 12: 28-34
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