We all have faced times where we got super busy. High busyness correlates to low amounts of sleep, which in turn correlates to low amounts of energy. When energy runs low, relationships are frequently the first things to go. It’s unfortunate, because these relationships are he best tool for recharging and getting re energized and out of the ruts that drain us. The most important relationships that this affects are those with our close friends, our family, and most of all, God.
If you do not view yourself to be a religious person, I still think this is a noteworthy observation, because our busyness also affects our relationships with our close friends and family. I find when I get very busy, I employ many of these techniques to make sure my relationships with God and with those I care about don’t fall by the wayside:
In this article I am going to briefly describe three techniques you can use to keep up your prayer life when you feel too exhausted to pray:
- Having designated prayer time.
- Having a designated prayer journal.
- Having prayer lists.
I wrote in a previous post that I employ morning and evening rituals to help build habits that help me to be more productive. In both my morning and my evening rituals, I pray. Having a list helps me not to forget it, and by writing down that list, I remind myself that this is something that is important and should be neither rushed nor ignored. I also know that I need to allot 45 minutes every day for my morning ritual, though I expand this to 60 when I am not so busy, and spend a little time doing Greek word studies in my morning devotions.
When I get tired, I am tempted to graze over or completely neglect prayer time. But the rhythm and the habits are there and built up by being consistent with the rituals, which help me stay solid during my rough days.
I keep a small notebook with a list of names in my satchel next to my pocket Bible. When I stop for prayer or when people are asking for prayer requests, I know who in my life is needing prayer. Frequently going back to this list helps me to be consistent with people and let them know that I have been praying for them everyday.
But more then that, there are times when I am so tired that I think if things to pray about. Keeping a list like this helps me to keep a list of things to pray about so I am not at a loss when I am too tired.
And last of all, my prayer journal. I use it just for writing my thoughts down. By moving my pen across paper, I can keep myself from dozing off in the middle of prayer. Other effective strategies could be talking, prayer walks, sending God an email, and anything else that your body doesn’t confuse for sleep. Furthermore I have found that journaling while sitting down or praying in bed does not help my prayers to be more quality, rather the opposite, so I often pray sitting down, especially when I am especially tired.
These are three things that I do to keep my prayer life running when I am too tired. But just like any other relationship, when one person is struggling, asking the other to help always is the best way to make it through tough times. If you are finding yourself losing time for prayer, ask God to give you the energy and the time, and He will help you make time for prayer.