One of the most troublesome charges that Paul gave the Early Church was to pray without ceasing.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. -Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV
What does that even look like? If you are like me, you spend some time praying (on a good day) but most of your brain energy is consumed throughout the way with the mundane, but oh so stressful, aspects of life.
We need to cultivate habits of prayer by bringing the sacred into every moment of our lives.We need to cultivate habits of prayer by bringing the sacred into every moment of our lives. In my life, I have found that setting up small triggers, triggers that stop and point me back to a deeper spiritual reality, helps me… Click To Tweet
In my life, I have found that setting up small triggers, triggers that stop and point me back to a deeper spiritual reality, helps me to pray without ceasing. Viewing life, not setting the spiritual and the mundane at odds with each other, but seeing the sacred nature of ordinary moments, helps me too recognize God’s work and to use every moment as an opportunity to praise Him.
Look at your life. Write down some of the most repetitive tasks in your day and think about the reminders you can set-up for yourself.
Here are 10 triggers to encourage you to pray throughout your day:Look at your life. Write down some of the most repetitive tasks in your day and think about the reminders you can set-up for yourself. Here are 10 triggers to encourage you to pray without ceasing today Click To Tweet
1. Doing Laundry
A reminder to pray that the Spirit will equip you to be daily clothed in the Spirit.
2. Washing Dishes
A reminder to pray that you will be clean on the inside and work from a pure heart and motive.
A reminder to examine your heart and repent of any sin that you need help overcoming.
4. Seeing a Bird
A reminder (because the Holy Spirit appeared in the form of a dove) to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to make you more like Christ.
5. Grabbing a Glass of Water
A reminder to pray that you might thirst, as the Psalmist did, for the Living Water.
6. Watering Flowers
A reminder to pray that you would be planting and tending to seeds of the Gospel each day. Also, this is a great time to pray that seeds of truth would meet the hearts of the sinners and that they would seek after Jesus as a result.
7. Changing a Diaper or Seeing a Baby
A reminder to pray for children in need and unborn children at risk of being aborted.
A reminder to pray that you will hunger for the true Bread of Life and not settle for secondary sustenance to keep you strong through your days.
9. Dealing with Picky Eaters
Use this as a reminder of how you resist God when He tries to strengthen you in holiness. Ask that God would make you open to the tools He uses to strengthen you instead of simply wishing for the dessert of life.
10. Working with our hands
When you use your hands, remember the call you have to participate in building the Kingdom. Take time to pray that God would make the spiritual work He has for you clear that you might build relationships, churches, and communities for the glory of Christ.
Your day is probably different than mine which means that your triggers will be different than mine. I encourage you to take a notebook out, and prayerfully determine a few ways that you can start reminding yourself to pray. Then, if you need additional prompting, write down a few of them on index cards and place them strategically throughout your house.Don’t let yourself become bombarded by the mundane, separating your spiritual life from your life, but recognize that God has come to redeem every moment, even the dishwashing and diaper changing. Click To Tweet
Reflect on them, reuse them, and refine them. Foster an environment and mindset that lends itself to prayer. Don’t let yourself become bombarded by the mundane, separating your spiritual life from your life, but recognize that God has come to redeem every moment, even the dishwashing and diaper changing, and use it to encourage your prayer life.