Friends tell me they don't have time to pray. It's a busy life, working, spending time with family, going to school, social activities, etc. Besides, they tell me they don't 'know' prayers; they feel disconnected. When you do offer up prayers, you are connecting with God. The more you send up even little prayers, you are opening yourself up to Him; the little prayers will turn into personal prayers and you will soon be having dialogues with Our Lord - and you will both enjoy it.
You don't have to pray in "thou shalt not" or "thee are"; you pray in plain old English or whatever language you speak in. You can pray in the shower; start by thanking God for that great hot water - if you've ever had your water shut off for a couple of days, you will be even more grateful.
Gratefulness makes prayers special. You can pray while stuck in traffic; Maybe God is keeping you from an accident a couple of miles up the road. Look around and find a person nearby to pray for - there will be one there fidgeting with two hands clenched on the wheel, with a red, annoyed face. Pray for them; they need it. Nothing formal; just talk to God -- "Lord, please keep that guy there from having a heart attack; give him peace". Now, that wasn't hard, was it?
Pray while waiting in the doctor's office - you can spend lots of time waiting your turn. It's better to pray for someone in the room with you (I'll bet there will be someone with a more serious reason than why you are there) -- don't read that old Newsweek from 2006 - pray for someone instead. It may help heal him or her.
Pray while waiting in line at the grocery store. Stop counting the items of the person in front of you to see if they are 'legal' for the speedy register and forget about the Enquirer tempting you to pick it up and read it. Look around - especially for older, widowed ladies - you'll know them - they are alone and don't smile much. Smile at them and then pray for them. It will lift them up and you, too.
God tells us to give special attention to widows and orphans. Just a "Bless them Lord, and give them hope." Yes, that is a prayer.
Pray for the kids you see; they'll have cell phones hanging out their ears and text away like mad; say a pray for their happiness and that they find love and relationships other than through technology. Yes, they dress funny and their underwear is showing, but they are children of God, too. Pray they find their own unique personalities and not need to be just like their peers.
Please pray for your family - they are closest and dearest to your heart - they each have issues in their lives - pray for them - you'll feel like you've helped them. You can say to our Lord, "Please watch over my family and keep them in good health and free from harm". Short prayer. But God hears it.
And pray for yourself. Ask God to guide you in your life; help you with that presentation that you really don't want to do; or soften your heart to call your partner who you really yelled at this morning more than you meant to. Become aware that you can contribute to the well-being of so many others. You can open up your heart to Him and He can become your Best Friend. Just by a simple prayer. I've just prayed that you will be open to this idea..... can you feel it?
© Marie Coppola June 2013