Do you believe that prayer can make your home more simple? It can. I’m not religious. This post is not a one-religion-fits-all post. I believe that simple prayer can be universal. No matter what religion you believe in, prayer brings some degree of peace and contentment.
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I’m a believer. I believe in the same God as many of you. I use simple prayer to bring focus and peace into my life. Some may use meditation. Others may use positive thinking. I believe there is a common thread. The method is your choice. Simple prayer can bring peace and simplicity to your life and your home.
This is a wise saying:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances…
There’s No Magic Formula For Prayer
I don’t set aside half an hour a day. I don’t pray formally, other than in the evening when I put my daughter to bed. I say The Lord’s Prayer with her. I also pray at church.
In the past, I have prayed long, traditional prayers. Somewhere on the journey, I discovered a more effective and efficient way to pray. I pray without ceasing. Let’s rephrase that. I do my best to pray without ceasing. I am human.
Prayer helps you find peace. Peace is a major part of creating happiness and contentment in your home. There is a simple connection between simple prayer and contentment.
I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all app to prayer. What works for me, may not work for you. I do believe that simple prayer leads to simple living. I’d like to share my method of praying with you.
7 Steps To Simple Prayer
- Focus on the positive things in your life. Say thank you in a simple prayer.
- Ask for help and guidance many times throughout the day. A simple prayer of, “show me the way,” is sufficient.
- Focus on the beauty of creation as you walk, bike, hike or drive. Be thankful for Creation’s work.
- Breathe deeply several times a day. When you breathe in, think of your deity. When you breathe out, release human stress.
- Pray, as you do simple tasks. Happiness can be found in the simplest of tasks when you pray your way through them.
- Find a mantra, a short, positive phrase that you repeat throughout the day. Maranatha means, “Come Lord.” I often say, “Be with me.”
- Pay close attention to your emotions and pray when you feel overwhelmed.
Start slow. Say a short simple prayer each day. Increase your simple prayers over time. Soon you will learn to pray without ceasing.
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