Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A Practical Guide to Prayer

As "guys", we are supposed to be the problem solvers.  We're supposed to be able to juggle projects and coordinate our personal, professional and family lives.  And for the most part we do a pretty good job.

So why is it that we never seem to have time to pray?

I hear it all the time.  Work is too busy.  Too many personal commitments.  Blah blah blah.  It's all a bunch of hooey.  Let me be completely honest here - these are just excuses.  We will always find time for the things we "want" to do.  Favorite t.v shows.  Sporting activities.  Club meetings.  You know the drill.

So let me offer all of you men a few practical and realistic ways to make time for prayer in your life:

1.  Do you go to the bathroom?  Seriously.  Do you ever go "#2?"  How long does this usually take?  A few minutes?  Five at the most?  Some of us take longer.  What a great time to read scripture.  You're sort of a captive audience at this point.  Put a small copy of the New Testament on top of the tank.  I like the Magnificat magazine.  It has all the daily readings and reflections in one little booklet.

2.  Do you have a computer?  We all do.  Some of us have multiples.  One at home.  One at work.  A laptop.  A PDA.  Have your "hello" screen greet you with a prayer and read along.  Tape a short prayer to the screen.  I have the Memorarae at work, and a picture of the Divine Mercy at home.

3.  Do you have pockets?  If you wear pants on a regular basis, the answer is probably "yes."  Carry a Rosary in your pocket.  Ever time you reach into you pocket and feel the beads, say a quick prayer.  A Hail Mary.  An Our Father.  Glory be is a short one.  Or make up your own.

There is absolutely no reason why we can't add daily reading and prayer to our REGULAR schedule.  No more of this "squeezing it in when we have time" garbage.

When you face God on your judgement day, He will not ask how many soccer games you played in, or what happened on the season finale of "24."  I guarantee that.

Be practical.  Take time to pray.  I promise you will notice a difference in your life.

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