I had a headache. I was tired. I had worked that morning, been in the car for three hours, and attended my son’s eighth-grade graduation. And I needed to be up in six hours for work again.
That’s when my daughter informed me that her graduation gown was wrinkled—and rehearsal was in the morning. Now, I am all about making my kids do their own chores, and they have all been doing their laundry since they were 8. Still, I knew she had a lot to do before the next day, and I volunteered to help her.
Honestly, my initial minute of ironing was fairly martyrlike, wishing I could just go to bed. Then, thanks to the Holy Spirit prompting me, I suddenly started praying for the child who would be wearing that gown that weekend. I prayed for the school that was such a blessing to her. I prayed for the school she’ll be attending in the fall.
Then I got to wondering about what other things might prompt me to pray. After all, when the Bible says to “pray continually,” having cues that integrate prayer throughout the day might be helpful. Most people already think to pray when they see an ambulance or police car speeding by. But I came up with a few ideas just to get us thinking:
What ideas do you have for prayer prompts? I’d love to hear them! The more ideas we have for prayer, the better!
Linda Buxa is a writer and editor who knows that ironing isn’t exactly the best prayer prompt. After all, there’s a decent chance that the next time she irons might be in two years when her middle child graduates from high school.
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