Pray without ceasing (1Thessalonians 5:17). That’s a tall order, to be continually in prayer.
Setting aside a specific time for prayer is easier than living in an attitude of prayer. If your day starts with a time of devotion, it’s only natural to incorporate prayer into that ritual. But when busyness storms through my day, when anger flashes or when worry weighs heavy; that’s when I can go hours without thinking to pray. Charles Spurgeon said: “While your hands are busy with the world, let your hearts still talk with God.”
A few months ago my dad gave me something that’s helped me focus on prayer throughout the day.
A prayer bracelet.
I first saw my dad wearing one of these. He works near a monastery and the monks make these bracelets as a reminder to pray. I immediately fell in love with the idea of a physical reminder to pray throughout the day. I’ve been wearing mine almost every day since I found it tucked in an envelope in the mailbox.
Maybe it’s because I’m a visual person, but I’m amazed at how often I look down at that bracelet on my wrist and pause to whisper a prayer for someone or pause to give thanks. It reminds me of a line from old song by Keith Green:
“Make my life a prayer to you…”
There’s nothing special about the bracelet itself, but it’s a strong physical reminder that my desire is just that, for my life to be a prayer.
Is there something that helps you practice praying without ceasing?
(As always my friends, if you have a prayer need don’t hesitate to email me or leave it in a comment-xo)
***A very sweet reader found instructions for these online: HERE is a link!***