When I started my venture as a freelance writer, (including the building of a sports website), I thought I’d have more time available, as the trade-off for the financial risk. Unfortunately, that hasn’t proven to be the case and as a result, I am often tempted to skip my daily prayer time.
My work activities pile up, one by one. If it’s not writing an article, it’s marketing and administrative work. It’s pursuing projects that may not work out in the end, but learning that takes up a great deal of time.
My parish has Perpetual Adoration and it is only a ten-minute drive away, but I often see that drive as a burden. Yet, I realize, the bigger the burden, the more important it is to make that drive and just give 20-30 minutes in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
If driving to a church for adoration is not realistic for you, at least get out the Bible, the Catechism or a favorite saint’s writings (for me that’s St. Faustina’s Divine Mercy) and have some quiet time at home.
When we believe in the divine founding of the Catholic Church and the Gospel, we choose to accept that the wisdom of this world is not necessarily the wisdom of God. We further accept that our earthly ventures, whatever they may be, have to push us towards salvation. In making our way in the world, we can’t allow the world to make its way in us, (to borrow a phrase from C.S. Lewis in his incomparable Screwtape Letters). If we get separated from prayer, we risk the spiritual danger of the latter.
Another more subtle challenge is to allow God to use our time with Him to truly direct us. It’s easy to bring our own agenda before God and see prayer as simply the tool that gives us the strength to push through and get it done. But a true surrender to Divine Providence allows God to essentially use our prayer time as the opportunity to hit a “re-set” button and inspire us to realign the activities of the day.
How easy is it though, to spend time in prayer, feel as though we’ve got some guidance and then when we go into the day, immediately act as though we’ve forgotten everything that transpired in quiet time with God. When I do this, I find myself later wondering what the point was of all the prayer time to begin with.
We have to allow God’s guidance to set the agenda—especially when searching for one’s spouse—not simply request that He push us through our own agenda. Above all, the search for a spouse cannot become so all-consuming that it allows “the world to make its way in us.” This is something that usually happens by compromising essentials—maybe not faith, but core parts of who we are individually, for the sake of pleasing someone else.
Making time for prayer can help us lead a balanced life and keep daily tasks in perspective.
God wants what’s best for us, not just hereafter—though that’s most important—but here as well, but He can’t act if we don’t give him the time and follow His lead, as best we understand it.