Time is a precious commodity especially during the Christmas season. I hear people say that their busy lives don’t allow them time to exercise.
It’s the same with our prayer lives. We may have the desire to pray, but we don’t know how to get started, we can’t seem to find time in our daily schedule, or people and activities seem to zap our time and energy.
Now is the time for us to dig deep, flex those spiritual muscles, and make time for prayer as a top-priority, healthy habit for the New Year.
Do you think ofprayer as a healthy habit? Do you consider prayer the most transformational habit in your life?
Giving God time in prayer not only deepens our relationship with him, but helps us grow in virtue and can help us reorder our lives—and not just our spiritual lives, but every aspect of our lives.
In business training, we learned about the Keystone habits — these are are habits that lay the groundwork for developing even more practical habits that will ‘supercharge’ our lives and help us become ‘successful’ in business and in life. There are different lists out there, but here is a basic summary:
- Set goals
- Manage you time well
- Practice daily gratitude
- Learn a new skill
While these are effective habits, I would argue that Prayer is the Keystone habit that will lay the foundation for these five habits — and every other habit and activity in our lives. Through prayer, we learn to know ourselves better and to know ourselves through God.
This enlightenment through prayer can change our behavior, clarify priorities, lead us to spending our free time in more meaningful ways, remove unhealthy attachments, connect us with people who inspire and encourage us, soften our hearts, bring us more peace, confidence, joy, love, wisdom, kindness, understanding, and so much more.
The impact of prayer on our souls, and on the Body of Christ, is truly infinite!
“Give me a person of prayer, and such a one will be capable of accomplishing anything.”
~St. Vincent de Paul