A Way Into Prayer

Lenten Devotional by Dana Allen Walsh

Facebook.  Text Messages.  Emails.  Laundry.  Cooking.

These are all things that get in the way of prayer for me.  All these things make me feel like I don’t have the time and energy to give to God in prayer.

But perhaps what we can do as a prayer practice is note and write down all the things that seem to “get in the way of my prayer”.   And then we can ask the Holy Spirit to show how these items are actually a “way into prayer”.

What gets in the way of prayer for you?  Is it the half hour that easily slips by while scanning Facebook?  Well, how can Facebook be a way into prayer?  What would it look to look at all the silly pictures and status updates on Facebook and then pray for your friends and for their concerns?

What else gets in the way of prayer?  Maybe your jam-packed to-do list?  What would it look like to pray through your list?  To pray for each item that you wish to accomplish?  To ask God to keep you present in the moment rather than rushing to check off the next item?

Let’s find our way into prayer today, taking the ordinary pieces of life and viewing them not as obstacles but doorways to the Divine.