I imagine many people have been praying over the course of the last few days in Kansas City. We had a horrific blowup on the Plaza which left at least one woman dead and many more injured; and today we have a foot of so of snow and people snarled in traffic accidents.
We often pray when we’re in trouble, prayers of desperation. Our psalm response last Sunday was “Be with me Lord when I am in trouble,” for example. But how often do we pray simply to sustain our spiritual lives? And what would that even look like?
Many families have a prayer together at dinner every evening, regardless of who is home, giving thanks for the food, for the family, for safety. Some people pray at night after they’ve gone to bed giving thanks for the day. Some stop from time to time and give thanks for something they see or hear.
Lent is a great time to get into the habit of becoming a consistent pray-er. Not for anything or because of anything, but just because.
Period of time. Give yourself five minutes or two or ten. But make it something you can practice every day.
Place: A space used repeatedly will become sacred. The time before we begin eating, for example, is a sacred time. We wait for each other to settle and we pray before beginning to eat. A chair used for prayer will become sacred. A place in bed before you settle in to sleep will serve the same purpose when done consistently.
What if you took a prayer break instead of a coffee break? Would your workspace, then, become sacred, too?