I have been reading a book entitled, "Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life". The concept of weaving our faith into your daily routine seamlessly can be challenging at times. Our faith in Jesus Christ is at the center of our lives, but sometimes finding a way for it to be "seamless" can be challenging. I like the approach that Traci Smith takes with keeping it simple. As my family's life has changed significantly in the last couple of months, with the addition of our baby boy, I am looking for ways to simplify and make time for what's most important.
One of the prayer practices that Smith suggests in her book is a Photo Prayer. This experience can take place at your home on your own, with your spouse, or with your children of any age (even the littlest ones). Set aside 5 minutes at the very beginning or the very end of your day. Walk around your home and stop each time you pass a picture of one of the special people in your life. Take a moment to say a simple prayer for that person.
God invites us into community with one another. This community of family and friends is who will teach us, challenge us and sustain us in our journey of faith. Who are some of the people pictured in your home? How can you pray for them this week? When someone new comes to mind, print a picture of them and put it somewhere in your home where you will pass it daily. This will be a helpful reminder to lift them up in prayer.
In Paul's letter to the Thessalonians he gives us an example of how and why we can pray for one another:
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
-2 Thessalonians 1:11-12