Making Time For Prayer

Rosary hanging from shelfMaking time for prayer can be difficult in our modern world. Recently I moved, and we haven’t found a house close to work yet. This means I have an 80 minute round trip commute. When I wake up at 5:50 AM, I am in a hurry, tired, and it is all I can manage to get my coffee brewed, in my cup, and in my mouth without spilling it on my shirt and tie.

The ancient rhythms of nature and life made prayer easier. Quiet time was easy. It was generally called life. When you worked in the fields for hours a day, you naturally had opportunities to pray and contemplate. There were very few distractions.

I am not excusing modern people. I am just making the case that as we have added more and more to do, we have squeezed prayer rhythms from our life. So how do we make time for prayer?

Saint Paul provides us the best advice: pray without ceasing. Many of us have been taught that prayer must be formal, official, and scheduled. While many meaningful types of prayer are (such as the Eucharist, Rosary, etc). However, you can find times to pray and contemplate. It is very easy to make the “perfect the enemy of the good,” which is to say because we may not be able to hit daily Mass, have time to pray the entire rosary, etc, we just don’t do anything.

That looong trip to work? That is a perfect time to pop a CD in your car and pray the rosary. Waiting for an appointment? Why not whip out your ipad and read a few psalms? That three minute break between classes? That could be a great time to just sit and contemplate your gratitude for God’s blessings.

While formal prayer is great, and expected (weekly Mass attendance, for example), communicating with God, whether it is contemplation, petition, etc, is available to you pretty much all the time. Just consciously squeeze in that extra time, and you’ll be amazed how much more time for prayer you have, even in the busiest of schedules.

About David Bennett

David Bennett is an author, speaker, and small business owner. He started ChurchYear.Net in 2004, along with his brother Jonathan. The site gets over one million visitors a year, and Bennett’s writings have appeared in church bulletins, newspapers, and other media.

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