Daily Dose, Oct. 31

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18) What are you praying about these days? Is there one specific thing that occupies your prayers? Are you praying about your family, your job, your health? Are you praying for friends, for your community, our country, our church?
When you think about it, our prayer list can often become quite extensive and at times can become chore-like. It can feel like another “to do”. So, what can we do to prevent such a thing from creeping into our prayer life? It needs to be a priority but not a chore. One way to keep your prayer life protected would be to set a special time to pray, even in a set-aside space. You write it on your calendar- the where and the when. Start your day with your first cup of coffee (or tea) and a talk with God. Maybe you will go for a walk and talk to God, or perhaps you are a night owl and end your day talking to God about the day behind you and the day before you. Whatever works for you. A year or so ago, I found an app for my phone and it sets off reminders throughout the day to remind me of specific people and situations I want to pray for like; my family, friends, our wonderful church, and the circumstances that arise each day. My phone will send an alert and it reminds me to take a break and talk to the one who knows my needs before I even ask, yet wants me to come to Him. Rarely do we enjoy something that feels like a chore, but something that is more like a “break” … that is something most all of us look forward to. --Rev. Terri Henkel