The gift of prayer

Balancing everyday life, time with the LORD and a full-time work schedule has proven to be difficult.  Before I had this job, my mornings were slow and relaxing.  I’d make a cup of hot tea and read my devotions while still in my pjs.  Loved it.  But now, my mornings begin at 7:30 when I have to get up, get ready, and be out the door by 8:10.  No time for breakfast usually.  And forget tea or coffee, unless I buy a cup on my way to work.  And most importantly, my devotional time kind of went out the window too.

The first couple of weeks, I am ashamed to say, I barely spent more than five minutes in the Word.  My mornings were rushed, my lunch break is too short, and my evenings were full of a shower and sleep.  It’s taken a few weeks to get the feel of my new schedule, though.  And I have been forcing myself to set aside time in the evening to read my Bible.

But, amidst all this schedule figuring-out, one thing I have been constantly grateful for is the gift of prayer.  The last couple of months have shown me how much I have taken it for granted.  And I have realized what a useful and constant tool it can be when take advantage of.  

We have the ability to talk to God constantly.  24/7.  No matter how busy we are, how focused we are, how little time we have to just stop and breathe.  Even then, through the chaos, we can still emit little prayers to the God who is ever watchful, ever constant, and never sleeps.

So yeah, I just thought I'd share that with you all.  Remember that prayer is powerful.  With it, we can talk to the God who created us, designed the universe, placed the stars in the sky, and ordains every event that happens in our lives.  It's an overwhelming thought, really.  Let's not take this privilege for granted.


  1. beautiful post Raquel! I forget how powerful prayer is too! I have to admit that I've not been spending as much time with God as I should be. Thanks for this reminder!

  2. Getting used to a new working schedule is really tough - I remember going through the same transition when I started working. Prior to that, being unemployed, my day was my day to devote to the Lord as necessary. All of a sudden, every minute is precious. The attitude of your heart speaks volumes of how much you desire Christ. As long as you're still thirsty for Him, you're in a good place. Praying that your new evening discipline will become just as much as a luxury as before you were working :) It's a new season with, possibly, new ways of serving and worshipping Him - not just in those quiet devotionals of the morning. xx

  3. Wonderful reminder! He is always right there waiting for us to turn to Him. Amen.

  4. Thank you SO much for posting this. I never know when to have devotions because in the morning I want to rush out the door to do some sort of exercise, plus this next quarter I'm going to be crunched for time as I have to get up at 5:30 in order to work out and get to classes on time. And in the evening I "just don't want to" or "just don't feel like it." Thank you for encouraging me to do it anyway, despite my feelings!

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  5. I love how "real" this post is. It is encouraging to know others face these difficulties too!