Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis is the Proistamenos of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Fr. contributes the Prayer Team Ministry, a daily reflection, which began in February 2015, has produced two books, “Let All Creation Rejoice: Reflections on Advent, the Nativity and Epiphany”: “https://amzn.to/2t1rXwh and “The Road Back to Christ: Reflections on Lent, Holy Week and the Resurrection.” https://amzn.to/2WAcfG0
May prayer be made for Him continually, and blessings invoked for Him all the day! Psalm 72:15
Good morning Prayer Team!
We are all familiar with text messaging, short messages we send frequently to people, especially when there isn’t a lot of time for a conversation. Some of us make a habit of sending a “just thinking about you” text to our spouses, children, parents or friends. Of course, this does not take the place of the conversations we have face to face or at home when a longer period of time is dedicated.
I think ideally that we should speak to the Lord at frequent intervals throughout the day. There should be a dedicated period of time for prayer, for at least 5-10 minutes, preferably early in the day. And then there should be short intervals of prayer throughout the day. And these prayers need not be long. They can be short.
There are SO many opportunities for prayer in a given day, opportunities that EASILY lend themselves to prayer:
- When you get in the car to go somewhere
- When you arrive at your destination.
- As you turn your computer on at work.
- As you turn your computer off at the end of the work day.
- Before a meeting.
- Before and after meals.
- When you arrive home and before you enter the house.
By bringing the name of the Lord into your mind throughout the day, it is easier to REMEMBER that you are a Christian. It is easier to REMEMBER to act in a Godly way at all times in all situations.
Challenge for Today: Find at least three opportunities to offer a short prayer to God, in addition to your dedicated prayer time.
Here are some short prayers, but come up with some of your own:
Lord, be with me as a travel.
Lord, give me wisdom in the meeting that is about to begin.
Lord, stand with me and with _______ as we talk.
Lord, help me.
Lord, watch over me.
Lord, bless the task that I am about to begin. May I do it efficiently and for Your glory.
Lord, bless my evening with my family.
Lord, thank You for the successes of today.
Be prayerful throughout the day.
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