If you pray, what prompts you to do so?
A particular place, time, need, or something else?
Are your prayers kept in a compartment labelled 'holy'?
Do you also integrate your prayer life with everyday life?
There are some activities most people do every day:
- waking up
- going out and coming home
- going to sleep
Ordinary everyday events can be triggers for prayer.
I have found it helpful to use a brief prayer while doing things I do every day. Like 'coffee to go' you could think of such prayers as 'prayer to go'.
Need some ideas?
Here are 5 short prayers for everyday activities:
1. Prayer to use on waking up
Thank you God for this new day.
Open my eyes to see you, my ears to hear you, my heart to receive you
and my lips to praise you, in this new day.
2. Prayer to use while washing or showering
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
3. Prayer to use before eating
Bless this food to our use, and us in your service.
Give us grateful hearts and awareness of the needs of others.
4. Prayer to use on going out or coming home
Lord, bless our going out and coming in, now and always.
5. Prayer to use before going to sleep.
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
So there you have 5 short prayers for everyday activities. These are just a few suggestions. You can use your own words or favourite short prayers to pray through your everyday activities.
If you have favourite one sentence prayers I would love to see them in your comments.
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