Many believers have come to realize that their day goes better when they pray early and often. Here's a list of suggestions for praying your way through your day. Pick one or two suggestions that seem to be calling you and make a habit of them. You can always add more prayer to your day as time goes by.
- Start with a Morning Offering.
Start each day by declaring your intention to make a gift of all the “joys, works, prayers, and sufferings” of the day ahead. Use words such as “God, I offer you my whole day. I offer you all that I am, all that I have, and all that I will do. Help me to know and do your will.”
- Think ahead.
Imagine the toughest challenge facing you in the day ahead. Now imagine that these are moments of grace in which God is especially present to you.
- Take a quiet time.
Early in your day, spend a brief period of quiet. Starting your day with ten minutes to half an hour in meditative prayer will make a huge difference in your whole day.
- Pray as you sit down to eat breakfast.
Ask for strength and direction in your day.
- Make lemonade.
Pray during the day whenever you hit a snag and feel frustrated.
- Pray with joy.
Pray when you feel glad to see or hear from someone—a friend, a coworker, a student, a customer.
- Pray before your noontime meal.
Ask for patience, perseverance, and hope.
- Take a three-minute prayer break.
In midafternoon simply breathe and ask to be refreshed. Imagine rays of light filling your soul.
- Pray at transition times.
Be aware of your body as one part of the day comes to an end and another begins. Slow down and breathe deeply.
- Pray before your evening meal.
In addition to thanking God for your food, take a moment for everyone at the table to answer the questions “Who blessed me with their presence and their actions today?” and “Whom did I bless?”
- Pray to let go of the cares of the day.
Find a “trigger moment,” such as putting your keys on your dresser; turning off the television, radio, or computer; or laying out clothes for the next day, that can serve as a reminder to take a moment for reflective prayer.
- Finish your day with night prayer.
Before you drift off to sleep, thank God for all the gifts you received and for rest, assurance, calm, and peace.