My prayer life is always in progress. I read my Bible every day. I learn a little bit here, a little bit there. Jesus teaches me. The Holy Spirit teaches me.
Can we do a split second prayer and why?
I read something the other day that made me have an aha moment. I figured out that I needed to be in constant conversation with God. My mind had been going in different tangents. I couldn’t seem to focus on what to do.
Then I had an aha moment. What was missing? God.
I remembered I hadn’t asked God into my work. I was doing it on my own.
A split-second prayer is a quick communication link
before I move forward.
This does not take a long time. It can be as quick as, “Lord, please help me have clear thinking when I write this post.”
By doing these split-second prayers I get in touch with God instantly.
“In this way, your speaking [or writing]comes under the control of My [Jesus] Spirit (Jesus Calling, August 3rd).”
I remember learning this when I took the Bible study The Workbook of Living Prayer. I learned to pray when I heard a fire engine, an ambulance, while at a stop light, while in a grocery line, or before I made a phone call.
It was also necessary to learn that prayer isn’t just one way. I learned to pray at different times and in different ways.
My morning routine starts with prayer — while I still lay asleep. I say, “Thank You, Lord for this day. Guide me throughout the day.”
We were encouraged to find our own pattern of prayer to practice different methods until we discover how we can best communicate with God.
What time of day is best for you?
Do you use interruptions as a call to prayer (being put on hold on the phone, lineups at the store, traffic lights)?
Do you follow a pattern?
Do you use a list?
Do you ask others if they need prayer?
Today I thought of other ideas for split second prayers:
- anytime I am speaking — pray, think, listen, then respond
- when I begin to write
- before I begin to paint
- as I begin to make a meal
- when I am listening — keep my mind on the speaker — pray for guidance
Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry
(James 1:19, NIV).
Before we do anything, connect with God — it only takes a split second.
May I pray for you and me?
Lord, help us to keep up a constant communication with You. Help us to use split-second prayers so we keep in touch with you throughout the day.. Speak to us. Show us how to listen. Help us be slow to speak so we can listen to You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
So to sum up. Take that action — take that second and communicate with the One Who loves you, the One Who cares for you and the One Who saved you.
If you would like help in learning how to pray — I am more than willing to encourage you in this path.