Finding Time to
Digest from the Airborne Mail
Angus wrote the following
post to the Airborne
Hi, Just wondering how people find time
and headspace to pray during a busy day?
Here are some of the answers...
Just talk to the Lord continuously.
Instead of thinking "how will I do this....?"
Try "Lord, how am I going to do
He will guide your thinking and you
will be doing what the Bible says "pray continuously."
Quotes: "Satan mocks at our wisdom, he laughs at our toils but he trembles
when we pray!" "The greatest people on earth are those who pray."
2 Chronicles 7:12-16, is entitled "Prayer on Wings!" giving 3 points:
1. The call to prayer
2. The conditions of prayer
3. The consequences of prayer
1. The call to prayer
This age-old call to prayer is one that will never be full realised for so
long as there is the opportunity to do so. Why? Simply because we will
always be people in need of prayer, and be a people entrusted with this
fundamental service of our faith. In the first 3 verses of the same chapter, after King Solomon finished praying, 3 times we read that "the
glory of the Lord filled the temple". This must be our desire as we rise up
to the call to pray. And all the more if indeed the Lord were to "shut up
heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land,
or send pestilence among His people".
2. The conditions of prayer
It might appear that we are called to do 4 things: "humble ourselves, pray,
seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways". Yet to the response of the
Lord that "His eyes will be open and His ears attentive to prayer made in
this place" (v 15), our task is simply to pray, but with 2 crucial conditions.
These are humility, "humble ourselves", and holiness, "turn from our wicked ways". So, prayer may be likened to the engine of a plane;
humility or contriteness, and holiness or consecration are the wings that
enable it to soar right into the face of God.
3. The consequences of prayer
God says that when we pray in this way, then "His name, His eyes, and His
heart will be with us forever" (v 16). He has promised us no less than His
entire Being! "His name" speaks of His "association" with us. He is our
Banner! "His eyes and ears" assure us of His fullest "attention". "His
heart" reveals His "affection" for us. What more could we ask? Who else
would we need?
Indeed Psalm 23 is a good Psalm for prayer. Walk through your prayer life
with Psalm 23...beginning with His name.
- THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD -
The Lord, Jehovah Tsidkenu
The Lord, Jehovah Shammah
The Lord, Jehovah Rohe
May the Lord reveal Himself to you in your prayer life! In any circumstances, speak to Him first before go to anyone else.
Remember your faith is a relationship faith.
My boss is a Christian who believes thoroughly in including God in
every area of life, including business. So, we pray often about
personal and business stuff. I also find myself praying arrow prayers
throughout the day, but they tend to be the "God, what do I do
now?!" kind of prayers!
Regards, Anthony, Melbourne
Every now and then we all have these
days. I guess short ' arrow ' prayers can be offered for these
Our heavenly Father knows our needs before we ask Him,
so there in no need for a babbling long speech; but He wants to be
asked. Just talk with Him as your friend. Short prayers from your
heart will be a delight to Him e.g. Lord get me out of here; Thank
you for this interview; Please tell me how to do this. Any time and
any place will do.
few thoughts on prayer:
Chairman of our business is Jesus Christ.
We try to be mindful of communicating with the boss
about projects and other issues.
subscribe to a number of Christian site email newsletters/bulletin
boards (eg. Sojolist, Saltshakers) and receive regular messages from
them. These provide
opportunities for thought or prayer throughout the day when they
arrive in the email.
mean to be depressing but I do want to amplify your honest question -
because I ask it all the time - in the light of the day I've just had.
First day back to work after 2 weeks leave : took 5 hours to go
110 miles from home to office through London, standing for 3 hours on
the train while also preparing for my annual Appraisal. That
Appraisal took 2 hours and did not go too well. I then fly to
Manchester for a meeting tomorrow but, 10 minutes late, had to pay £60
more to get the next flight. Then, due to carrying a pocket
knife, had to check my briefcase in, which upon arrival did not come
through - all my papers, money, clothes - British Airways said it
might come up tomorrow or next day. I'm now at my hotel, away
from home, exhausted, feeling as if I have achieved very little today.
I have not prayed during this demoralizing day. I do ask what
does God have to do with this? Where is he in such a day?
Where or when do I pray in the middle of it all? And why really?
For the days I have like yours here, I have to
remind myself of the unpleasant truth in life that were we to never
suffer, we would not recognize the joy of NOT suffering. And I tell
myself, "well...at least this isn't like hanging on a cross for
hours on end.....(even though it seems like it perhaps. I wanted to
respond to you particularly because as of the time I read this
summation, no one else had. I have days like this too, it will pass.
God be with you.
a little bit at a time committing things as you go. Trusting every
thing into his hands?
Thats how I do it.
I recently read that General
Stonewall Jackson ( a famous confederate general in the US Civil War)
prayed every time he took a drink of water.
Since he did this often, he trained
himself to be in constant prayer. I think we can also train ourselves.
What is it we do often every day and
connect that with prayer?
Maybe it's changing frequencies on
an aircraft radio, waling to a restroom, driving, waiting in any kind of
line, just before or after phone calls take a moment to pray or
Find what you do most frequently and
connect the habit of prayer to it. I think we'll find prayer time
Dennis and Susan Hoff, USA
I have a long commute. Praying in my
car is primary for me
On the topic of prayer, I do not feel good unless I start the day with
the Lord. Therefore somehow or other I get up 20 minutes early to say my
prayers and read the "Streams in the Desert" and the Daily
gives the spiritual food to sustain me through the ups and downs of any
loved a comment made by someone in this context - Its not "how do I
cope with all the stresses of the day Lord" but "Lord help me
to cope with the stresses of this day"
is what really matters. I feel it is a very relevant prayer. I adopted
it this morning itself.
I find the Holy spirit Prompts me from time to time, or prods me, to
my salvation and what Jesus Christ did for me. Even in the
of work and life.
grace and love God must have for me. I am
unworthy of his goodness. So that's how i find time to acknowledge God.
that's a matter of short sharp jabs for me. usually its the big
that come to mind, Salvation of my ex-wife, protection of my two
salvation of a non-Christian friend etc......... nothing formal but
Angus replied to the question of
thanks for your response.
To follow up: how do you remember to load the
and how do you keep in mind that you even have the tool in the first
place? I'm assuming that the work we're doing is demanding /
consuming and not based on prayer arrows!
Get up early in the morning....when it's quiet and dark.
When you are driving....pray. When walking....pray.
When you have a time alone....pray....even if they are small
"arrow" or "bullet" prayers. I'm
still trying to make it a habit. Some days are more successful than
Blessings....Gary Kosak....Miami Florida USA
heard a comment the other day which was, If you're too busy for God
bless you all, Bruce,
Greetings dear Brothers,
.........especially those trying to get some new relevance into their
prayer. I have read your dialogue following Angus'
comments and also wish to offer some personal thoughts.
Its great to be able to have a continuous line of prayer with our
Saviour.............but sometimes it is real tough when we
simply 'petition' and ask Him to fix or do something.
How about simply asking Jesus what He is doing? Perhaps reflect on
John 5:19. Look at how He modeled prayer. He
loves to be included. Just dare to ask Him what He is doing and wait
quietly.......He will answer......He loves you too.
Blessings, Rick, Melbourne
the joy of 'tongues' which can override my restricted (very!) brain
Yours, Brian, England
There won't be any busy day for Him.
always busy looking after so many millions but He is always able to
find times to love you .
Maybe I'm not busy enough to comment
but this is what I do.
When emailing I have Christian CDs on
and that's continuing praise and worship.
I have to walk a lot (no car here in
Singapore) and I also swim most mornings. Both of
activities give me time for praying for people and situations etc.
That's all I can offer
know that we're called to pray in the spirit at all times but
honestly its impossible without the Holy Spirit having full reign
in our lives so that prayer is something that we
are constantly engaging ourselves in. But that does not mean
that its a continuous breathing type of constancy but its always
our daily life. I find prayer is as much apart of me now as
breathing and talking because I'm finding that the longer you
'walk the walk' the more aware you are
His presence. And its when you've had a really bum day that you
find out what's in
heart....you realise what sort of fruit you are producing in your life.
an ability to be long suffering but still cheerful and faithful in the
Having a horrible day can really set us on our heads when we realise
what we can be like under pressure. Some nameless wit
said 'Christians are like tea bags...
them and you find out what they are really like'
to pray several times a day? It is so easy if only we know how.
from my young age and throughout my Religious Life I begin the day by
Offering every thought, deed, action of the day to the Lord. These
become prayers even if we forget to center on God whilst we think,
act, and move around. Of course we need "intensive contacts"
with the Lord as two lovers need times of love and intimacy with each
other. It is good to set aside a few minutes each day at a
regular time to Praise and Love God.
simple prayer like this one could help: "Dear God I offer you
this very moment of the
day as an act of Love!" or simply say: " All for you
dear Jesus!" try and soon you will want to talk more often with
Emmanuel a Brother of St. Gabriel in Singapore.
the Lord first. Pray always, as St. Paul instructed. Rely on friends to
help you and ask for help if you can. Tonight two friends, on
took me aside to pray with me. They
want to help, if you just insinuate that you
help. Even if you don't want to go
that far, say something to God, even while
are thinking that you don't have the
time. I'm praying for you now. It only
a breaths worth of time. God doesn't
care if prayers are long or short,
if they are earnest. I love you Angus.
don't know about that. Maybe because I dont
have so much days
but more weeks at a time?
am finding that just being in a space during the day where I can sense
presence is a major
feat for me...let alone having a conversation
degenerate into a please
I would like to recommend meditating on
Psalm 23... "meditate" not just reading it through. For
The Lord is my shepherd.
The Lord...who is the Lord? He
is Jehovah Jireh, my provider He is El Shaddai, The God who supply all
my needs (Phil 4:19) etc.
Is....that is present tense!
not "was" and not "will be" but the Lord...
IS....my shepherd. Right now, today! ...my...shepherd. He is not
just the world's but He is "mine", personal, intimate
shepherd. He knows all my need. He has provided the answers. The
Lord is MY shepherd.
Shepherd... If He is the Shepherd,
that makes me a sheep. A sheep does not call the shots in his
own life. The sheep follow the shepherd's direction. Jesus said: My
sheep knows my voice (John 10:4).
This kind of meditation can be done anywhere and anytime. I
have done it for myself when I first started my walk with the Lord
just a few years ago and also exercised it with my children and the
result is just simply awesome.
In Joshua 1:8 (KJV), God has commanded us to "meditate" on
His Word day and night so that we may have "good" success. Brothers
and Sisters in Christ, let's go for "good success" and
"sow" those incorruptible "seeds" into our hearts
(Mark 4:26-29) and let His Words to fill our hearts to overflowing out
of our mouth (Matt 12:34).
first of all knows our hearts and minds. Also He is our constant
companion. I don't believe He either wants or cares about us having a
formal prayer of a certain type or length. I just talk to Him as I go
along, asking for help, thanking Him for help, thanking Him for the
beautiful sunset, the sweet older lady I just met and was able to help
while working. He's just THERE with me, and I love Him and tell Him
so. There are times, I try to take at least 15 mins in the
morning.....and I may be eating breakfast at the same time, which I
believe He understands. I try to pray then for all my relatives
and friends, their burdens, safety, salvation, etc. On the whole
though I just converse with Jesus throughout the day as I go, a
sentence here, a sentence there, He's my friend.
Love in Him, Bonnie, MO, USA
Try starting by committing to
20-30 minutes, first thing, every morning alone with God. Ask Him to
speak to you and to teach you to pray. You can even ask Him to show
you why its important.
Read a psalm or a proverb, or read
a book of the new testament, chapter by chapter, that you find full of
encouraging promises! Then talk with and listen to Him. He
accomplishes His will on earth, in part at least, through the prayers
of the saints (that's us, if we're truly His children!).
It's all about fellowship, a
relationship, communication with Him, even sometimes, if all you can
do is cry and moan, and call on His name.
Ask God to draw you close through
your prayer life. It's important to Him and He's desiring to do it. He
promises to be near to those who call on Him in truth.
In your prayer time with Him, in
your bible study time with Him, you might want to write God a note,
make a prayer list of people He puts on your heart to pray for,
journal what you sense Him speaking to you through His word or a
sermon or teaching you or reminding you somehow.
helps make us aware of specific answers and reminds us of His