When living a Christian lifestyle, prayer is a key element in connecting with God, but many times we tend to fall short of finding prayer time, finding that perfect time of day when we won't be distracted or have other things demanding our attention. Often we come up with excuses as to why we haven't made time for prayer with God. This is a common struggle among many Christians today. There always seems to be something coming up demanding attention or taking our focus away from our time with God. There is no magic solution to finding prayer time; it is a matter of dedication and devotion to improving your special time with God.
In her book "Confessions of a Prayer Slacker," Diane Moody talks about setting aside a specific time for prayer with God, and envisioning sitting with Him. She suggests when something distracts you from your thoughts, write it down then return to prayer. While setting aside specific prayer time is a good idea, sometimes it can be hard to do right away. Sometimes trying to adhere to a set prayer time schedule can be more stressful than relaxing. Instead, start of by trying to prayer throughout the day at different times such as before mealtimes, before bed or after waking up or even in the shower or car while going to work. Doing this, you can create short moments of prayer rather than one long session.
It is a harsh realization when one comes to realize the only thing keeping us from finding time for prayer is ourselves. We are the ones keeping ourselves from spending time with God. There is always one more thing to do, one more phone call to make before we can sit down and spend quality time with God. As busy people we allow other things to take precedent over our spiritual well being. Prayer while doing daily activities as mentioned previously is one way to help with that problem.
It has been said writing prayers down in a prayer journal helps keep some dedicated to their prayers; something to make the prayers tangible. Writing them down in a notebook or on the computer can help focus attention on the task at hand. Soon instead of needing to get that last dish washed or the next load of laundry done before prayer, it will become needing to get the last prayer of thanksgiving out or needing to pray for someone in need before getting to the housecleaning or other projects requiring attention.
Prayer doesn't have to be something formulated and rigid. It can be a conversation with God as you would have a conversation with your best friend our spouse.
Finding special time for prayer is a critical factor in a Christian lifestyle, one everyone tends to fall short. There is no magic formula, no magic wand that can be waved and time stand still for half hour or long so we can have alone time with God. It takes hard work and dedication on our part.
We need to take a step back, look at our lives and think "how can I fit this around my prayer time" rather than "how can I fit prayer time around this." It is the same with any aspect of change in lifestyle, how can I work my lifestyle around this new element. Making prayer a priority is difficult; it takes time, dedication, persistence and above all more prayer. Don't get discourage for feel guilt for falling short. God knows and understands all shortcomings, falling short of prayer time included. He is just waiting patiently for us to find our solutions.
What works for one person may not work for another. Take the time and discover what works for you and keep at it, be persistent and never give up.