How To Make More Time For Prayer

Last week, we spoke about choosing to pray. This week, we are looking at how to make more time for prayer. I mentioned last week that I struggle with prayer and mental wool gathering — that is, not being able to focus on prayer.

But the struggle is not only with mental wool gathering for me. I find it’s also difficult to make time for prayer. In a way, yes, there is always time for prayer and we can pray in many ways in many places. But maybe we should actually schedule time for prayer and only prayer. Time that cannot be interrupted by anything else because we have committed that time to prayer.

So how do we make more time for prayer?

More time for prayer

1. Make time for prayer in the morning. Even if it’s just for ten minutes.

There are many examples in the Bible of making time for prayer early in the morning. We read about Jesus going to the Father early in the morning, before the day started. In the Psalms, we read about seeking God early in the morning. So there is maybe something to praying early in the morning, based on these biblical examples.

Honestly, I feel like morning is a great time for prayer because that will set up your whole day. And starting your day with God? Is a really good way to go.

“O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.”
(Psalm 63:1)

Now, I am a morning person. I love the morning light and waking up with the sun — or even before the sun. However, I realize that not all people are like this. So maybe praying early in the morning is actually a big thing and requires a change in your life. However, I think this is a practice we should all take on: to pray in the morning. And to make time for prayer in the mornings.

This, I know, can be a difficult thing. But then again, I think it does not have to be too difficult. It is enough to pray for just a few minutes, as that is better than nothing. So what if you woke up ten minutes earlier? Waking up just ten minutes earlier might feel like a lot; but at the same time, it is manageable, I think.

2. Give thanks when you go to bed.

Another time to pray is in the evening, which is found in the Psalms as well. We find the Psalmists meditating on God when they are in bed. And I think this is a good practice honestly. When we go to bed, it’s so good to look back on the day and give thanks to God for what He did on that day.

Maybe make a list of answered prayers. Or maybe make a list of three things where you saw God today. These can be anything, really. Just list things you are thankful for, where you saw God today and thank God for those things.

“When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.”
(Psalm 63:6-8)

Honestly, I love what the practice of thanksgiving does to our hearts and souls. We can find so much more beauty and grace in every day when we approach our days with thanksgiving. And I think we see more of God when we remember to give thanks for what He has given us.

3. Pray anywhere, always.

We are commanded to pray without ceasing. But what does that actually mean, since there are other things we need to do in life as well?

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:16-18)

For many years, some of the most fruitful conversations between God and I happened in the shower. That was where I had the most uninterrupted time to lift up prayers to God. It was just me and the Lord while I was lathering shampoo in my hair.

Lately, I have tried to commit time spent in my car to prayer. I drive a lot for work and many of the drives are about 10-15 minutes long. Those are perfect times for prayer and pouring my heart to God. These are not the best places; but they are good places to lift up prayers, just like all other places and moments are.

So where and when can you pray? I think that is for you to decide and to talk about with the Lord. But it is always possible to make more time for prayer — we just need to commit to it.

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  1. Since prayer for me is a conversation with my Heavenly Father, I pray throughout the day. Sometimes while walking down the street or while working and even when I’m cooking. I pray in the morning, night, afternoon etc. Haven’t scheduled time to pray in a while. Perhaps I will.

    1. Yvonne, it is such a wonderful practice to pray throughout the day, no matter what you are doing. That is such a blessing to you, I’m sure!

  2. I’m trying to make a habit of praying the Examen when I lay my head on my pillow at night. Looking for God in the events of my day, noting the places in which I sensed his absence, and giving thanks for it all is a good way to end the day. Even so, I need to work on meeting with him in the moments.

    1. Michele, I just looked up the Examen and that is such a wonderful practice. I will be looking more into that and taking that practice to my life as well. Thank you for sharing that with me!

  3. My morning and bedtime prayers are funny. In the morning I try to say hello. I know it sounds silly but it works to focus my day. And in the evening I pray for my husband. I usually fall asleep praying, and that used to bother me. But then I remembered how much I love when my kids fell asleep in my lap, so I think God is ok with it!

    1. I think those are wonderful prayers, even if they seem funny! And yes, I often fall asleep praying and I used to feel bad about it but honestly, I think God is okay with it. Thank you for sharing these with me!

  4. I seem to be always working to pray more. It is so easy for me to get up early and read my Bible (although that is a discipline that took years to develop). But too often I find myself only praying as I go about my day. That’s good but I know I need to have more designated times. Thanks for the nudge!

    1. Donna, I am honestly right there with you. I find it’s easy to wake up and read my Bible early in the morning but praying is just so difficult, and I often fall into praying those little prayers along the day. But I feel like I really should actually commit some time to prayer, so I can listen to God as well! Thanks for visiting here today!

  5. This is a great point Ronja: “These are not the best places; but they are good places to lift up prayers, just like all other places and moments are.” Sometimes when we wait for the best, we end up not doing it at all! Better to go for the good, and let God turn it into the best for us.

  6. God had a sneaky way of giving us more time for prayer. He allowed us to be destitute and then homeless for 40 months. Tricky but very effective. When you literally have nothing in the world it is surprisingly easy to spend quality time with Him; at least in our experience. Mileage may vary.

    Homer Les