Why shouldn’t our prayer life?
Here are a few examples of different prayer closets for moms:
The minivan. Yep, trotting around town can give you a few quiet moments.
Whether the toddler is sleeping and you’re in the pick up line at school a few minutes early or you find yourself alone (gasp!) for 10 minutes while you run to the store, this can be a place of solitude.
I suggest having a small Bible in the car that can also fit in your purse. Also, have a few commentary CDs to pop in and listen to while you drive.
If you are lucky enough to have bluetooth connection built in to your vehicle, subscribe to podcasts of your favorite priests, pastors or other speakers. They are great to hear while your running errands or small road trips.
At Home. Our own beds are probably the most peaceful spot in our homes. Soft pillows, a nice lamp and good reading material by the bed make it possible for at least 10 minutes at night to have some quiet time.
In Church. I am fortunate to have a sanctuary where I can kneel and pray whenever I want to do so. When I see the lit candle over the alter, I know that Jesus’ presence is in the tabernacle. The votive candles, beautiful depictions of Jesus’ life and His true presence welcome me for five or 500 minutes. I am very thankful for these opportunities.
Memorized prayer is also a big part of my Catholic Christian tradition. I view them as the words that I call upon when I have no words to start praying. The Rosary is a series of prayers which meditate on Christ’s life. It can help me focus by simply directing my thoughts toward Him. All of these enable me to get closer to God and to shut out the world.
Prayer closets are essential. Where they actually exist is up to us.
We can find one, in our mind, in you house or in our cars. Let’s give room for God to speak to us, to listen to us and fill us with His Holy Spirit.
But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6
What are your methods of prayer and meditation for God’s word?
How many different ways do you practice prayer?
When do you find yourself able to focus on God’s presence?