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Finding time to pray can be a challenge in our busy lives. 

But if you want a closer relationship with God, you must make the time. Prayer is a privilege and opportunity for closeness with God. 

Make Time for Prayer Every Day

You have to go from meeting to meeting; at the end of the day, you want peace in your life. So how do you find that every day seems to be one thing after another? So how do we take time for prayer without feeling forced or rushed? 

One trick is to set triggers or automatic reminders for yourself to say a quick prayer. There are many ways and times that you can do this. It's easy to continue and add others throughout the day once it's a habit. 

The first step is to prioritize prayer by making it a daily habit. Make time for prayer and put your plans on hold when they conflict with the best plan: God's will. Start small – try praying just five minutes each day in the morning or evening – as this can leave room for a quick run-down of prayers at other times throughout the day if needed. You'll be surprised how much more focused and calm everything feels once you've given some space to all things spiritual.

Find what works well for you.

Please make your morning routine: An excellent way to start your day is by reading a passage of Scripture. Keeping Scripture close means you can read it at any time for comfort or guidance. Whether you set your morning alarm or take a moment over your coffee, it's easy to incorporate Scripture into your day. Bring peace and send your loved ones off on their day with a prayer for their health and safety.

You may not have enough free time in the evening, but mornings are usually pretty open (or vice versa). So try waking up earlier than usual and spending some of your extra minutes with God before heading off to work or school.

Whenever you hear a siren: When first responders listen to sirens, someone is in trouble and going on a call. The siren is an auditory reminder that someone is in need and could use some extra strength and prayer. So whenever you hear a siren, take a moment to pray for whoever is in need.          

Mealtime: This is a traditional and easy way to remember to thank God for what you have. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are great times to catch up, talk about, or contemplate your days and thank God for your challenges and abundance.       

Set aside an hour at night after dinner as a family ritual where everyone can spend quality time together in prayer (even if it means lying down on the floor!).

Have you ever felt the urge to reach out to someone, to let them know you're thinking about them? The Spirit could be moving you to do this and focus on this person. Don't just reach out, but also say a prayer for them.   

During physical activity: It's essential to stay focused during important things like driving, or say, cooking over a hot stove., Certain activities are the perfect time for contemplation and prayer, such as during workouts, folding laundry, mowing the lawn, or doing the dishes. It's the ideal time to have a more extensive conversation with God.

Apps and reminders: Most people have phones on their person these days, and there are plenty of positive ways to utilize them. Set phone reminders or alarms at intervals throughout the day. Please pause, live in the moment, and offer thanks when they sound.

Don't be afraid to use technology to your advantage. Sometimes we must humble ourselves and admit we can't just remember to do it all.      

Prayer app: To help make prayer part of your daily routine, try downloading a free app like “The Daily Prayer App.” The app provides users with prayers daily based on their particular concerns or needs or prompts them to pray about something specific at any given moment. Use it as a journaling tool where you write out your thoughts and prayers for the day.

“I will rise now and go about the city; in the streets and the squares, I will seek him whom my soul loves.” Song of Solomon 

Bedtime: A habit I have found helpful is when I get into bed, I spend some time just before sleep reading verses that are important to me or about what God has been teaching me lately. This moment helps ground me and gives purpose to my thoughts going over them one last time as they fade off before rest takes over completely.

Praying before bed can be very meditative and calming for the mind and even help you get to sleep faster.

Prayer is one of the most important things we can do as Christians. It's essential for our relationship with God and a way to get closer to him. Unfortunately, it doesn't always seem like prayer has an immediate effect on us because many other distractions in life take priority. But prayer will make a difference in your day-to-day well-being, especially if you make it a daily habit.

It's essential to take time for prayer daily, as it recharges your spiritual batteries. Leave a comment below telling us how you make time for prayer! šŸ™‚

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