After my daughter read the first draft of my novel, Fireweed, she commented, “Great story. Wonderful tips to help with grief.” Then she added, “The main characters, Steve and Renee pray a lot. Just an observation.” I reread the book and agreed. In the story, Steve and Renee do pray a lot, and so do I. I just never thought about it.
I have a formal prayer and study time every day when I first get up, but even before that I often open my eyes and mumble, “I had a good night’s sleep. Thank you.” Tom and I pray together at all our meals. If my back hurts, I ask for help to endure it. If it’s not hurting and I think about it, I say, “Thank you, God.” I send off a prayer every time those I’m worried about pass through my mind. When something good happens, I automatically whisper thank you. Yes, I pray a lot.
I have a running conversation with God throughout the day. It’s a habit. In fact, I pray a whole lot more than Steve and Renee in my story. My hunch is that I’m not unusual. Most people of faith pray a lot without thinking about it. Prayers don’t have to be words. In fact, every time we do a kind deed, speak a kind word, do our best, God knows.
God genuinely is a part of our life, all the time, whether or not we think about God. I suggest we be more conscious of God. Let’s think of God intentionally. Let’s truly live a life of prayer. When we make our children’s lunches, ask God that they have a good day, full of laughter and confidence. When we start our cars, give God thanks that they started; ask God for a safe journey for ourselves and the other drivers on the road. When we pass a school, ask for God’s care for the teachers and the children inside. When we look out a window, give thanks for whatever we see. Pray for our neighbours.
We don’t have to stop our busy lives to pray. Just incorporate prayer into our living. Know that one of the brightest colours in our life’s tapestry is prayer.
“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:5-7)