What is a Split Second Prayer?
by Janis Cox
My prayer life is in progress. Although I blog about prayer I do not know much. I read the other posts on Under the Cover of Prayer and learn. I read my Bible every day. I learn a little bit here, a little bit there. Jesus teaches me. The Holy Spirit teaches me.
When I read Jesus Calling on August 3rd, I had an aha moment. Yes, that is something I have neglected to do lately.
Split Second Prayers
A split second prayer is a quick communication link
before I start anything. (tweet this)
By doing these split second prayers I get in touch with God instantly.
“In this way, your speaking comes under the control of My [Jesus] Spirit (Jesus Calling, August 3rd).
I remember learning this when I took The Workbook of Living Prayer. I would pray when I heard a fire engine, an ambulance, at a stop light, while in a grocery line, or before I made each phone call.
I wrote back in October 2010, a post called Constant Communication:
In Living Prayer, we are encouraged to find our own pattern of prayer to practice different methods until we discover how we can best communicate with God. What time of day is best for you? Do you use interruptions as a call to prayer (being put on hold on the phone, lineups at the store, traffic lights)? Do you follow a pattern (PATH, ACTS, SHELTER )?
Today I thought of other ideas for split second prayers:
- anytime I am speaking – pray, think, listen, then respond
- before I begin to write
- before I begin to paint
- before I begin to make a meal
Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry
(James 1:19, NIV).
Before we do anything, connect with God – it only takes a split second. (tweet this)
Lord, help us to keep up a constant communication. Help us to use split second prayers so we keep in touch with you. Speak to us. Show us how to listen. Help us be slow to speak so we can listen to You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.
Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe Writers Fellowship.
Not hard on myself but trying more to listen and learn.
Amen … say that a lot.. or H.E.L.P…. Have Everything Lifted in Prayer.
My best split second prayer is HELP JESUS!! (when I was going under water at ocean with a log pinning me down,… various times driving and hitting ice etc.
Message from your post “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19, NIV).”
Split second prayers. Seem like all I have time for. I hear you being hard in yourself? ” I know nothing” – yet I understand it. What a wonderful knowledge there is that there is so much more to be learned. Like Shrek & the onion. Gotta go. Kait on lap. Going to watch crazy videos from “girls use moms phone” Love & hugs A 🙂 Sent from my iPhone