When I was a child, I was taught to pray before eating and before I went to bed. No religion was imposed on me but a relationship with God was always encouraged. I thank my parents for allowing my spirit to make its own choices about the relationship. I have come to understand that prayer is like a bridge between us and the divine.
As a society we have made our religious customs and go to worship God on particular days and at particular times. Some of us go to church on a Sunday to worship God and the next day, it is back to throwing stones at other people or throwing people under the bus. Some remain nice, kind, thoughtful and generous. Do not be one of the people doing the throwing. Try and be as nice today, as you were while you were in the house of God.
Back to the subject of prayer. Prayers are a powerful way of saying thank you to a much higher power and also a way of asking for guidance. Saying thank you, as previously said allows your benefactor to know that you appreciate what has been given. Ask that which is not selfish and it is also made known that you need some help. God may know your heart and mind already, but maybe God is waiting for you to ask.
Think of a child in need and their loving parent knows that the child needs help but waits for the child to ask. It gives the child the opportunity to learn something from the experience, the opportunity to utilize their freewill, be creative will and exercise some independence.
` For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks,
the door will be opened.' Luke 11:10
Prayer is not exclusive to any meal time, bedtime or to any particular time of the day. Prayer is also not exclusive to the church or any particular place. Prayer is an anytime occasion. The universe is all around us and God is always listening.
Pray for a good day and your day is likely to be a good day. Pray for a good day for others also and your day is likely to be even more better. Praying for a good day is not too much to ask and praying for a good day for others, is helping others. Even if God is busy saving the universe or granting answers to prayers in order of appearance, the very act of praying will provide its own satisfaction and make a good day.
It does not take long to pray and I do not think God necessarily requires you to be on your knees to do so. You can say a prayer before you get out of bed; you can say a prayer kneeling down or standing up; you can say a prayer while you take a shower or before you have breakfast; you can say a prayer while you are driving or while you are stuck in traffic.
Your prayer does not necessarily have to be long either but it does need to be sincere. Say the Lords' prayer or the Serenity prayer and say it with due respect. The Universe understands every language and is always listening out for prayers. Make yours one of them.
Say a prayer before you start your day or as you journey through the day and have a positive day.