Day 5 “ONE SIMPLE STEP TO HELP YOU SPEND MORE TIME IN PRAYER”
“How can I find more time for prayer?” That’s what a radio host asked me a few days ago during a live on air interview.
Most of us want to spend more time in prayer but we find ourselves easily distracted by our already too busy lives. So what is the answer? How can you find more time for prayer? We’ve heard about the great prayer warriors of the past spending hours a day in prayer, while we wonder how to manage even a few minutes a day.
But there is a simple step for spending more time in prayer. It may sound strange but spending more time in prayer is like eating an elephant- just take it one bite at a time! In other words, break up your prayer life into “bite size chunks.”
In the Old Testament, Daniel was a mighty man of prayer. But Daniel wasn’t a pastor or a priest- he was a civil servant. He worked in a secular government. He didn’t have full control over his time- he had a job and a boss who set his schedule. So how did he work a full time job and still find time for a prayer life? Simple. He broke up his prayer into manageable segments throughout the day.
“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” (Daniel 6:10) Daniel’s habit was prayer 3 times a day. Could you do the same? Could you give God 10 minutes of prayer and Bible reading every morning, add another 5 or 10 minutes during your lunch hour, then conclude the day with another 10 minutes every evening before you go to bed? If you did that you would be spending at least 30 minutes a day in prayer everyday!
What is stopping you from trying a “3 times a day prayer life” at least for the next few days? If you start somewhere, your time with God may grow. Try it, and let me know how it works out.