Monday, March 23 – Where…A Regular Place/Make It A Habit

Although Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he continued to go to his house, which had windows in its upper room open toward Jerusalem, and to get down on his knees three times a day to pray to his God and praise him, just as he had done previously. —Daniel 6:10

Growing up in a Catholic household, my mom would have my siblings and I kneel at the living room couch to say prayers every evening. Of course, we would start with the Our Father, Hail Mary (remember, Catholic), Act of Contrition and the Apostles Creed. Following these prayers, we would “God Bless” everyone we knew and each name was said out loud.

I am not sure at what age we “retired” from doing this together, yet this habit of praying continued into my teens. Yet, once high school hit, there were just too many distractions to remember to pray each night and life moved quickly through school, marriage, jobs, and children.

One day my daughter asked me a simple question that brought back those many evenings as a child, “Mom, do you pray?”

Wow, I was taken back. My daughter asking me if I prayed—such a powerful blow to something that should have been a part of our lives—yet she never experienced. I vowed at that moment to bring prayer back into my life and show my daughter the power in prayer.

So, how to do that?

I made a choice to say a prayer at every red light while I was driving somewhere—to work, grocery store, kid’s sporting events etc. and soon, this became my habit. In addition, I have come to enjoy red lights… I look at it as an opportunity to thank God, ask for guidance and His wisdom, and send a prayer up for all those I have been blessed to have in my life. Today, prayer remains an integral part of my life, even beyond red lights.

Dedicating this small quiet time in my car turned out to be the perfect way to get back into that childhood habit of praying every day.

Try it. Make a choice and for one day say a quick prayer at every red light and then try it the next day.

Think of it as your Red Light Challenge. Truly, you will find a new and refreshed relationship with God and develop a habit of prayer and not only at red lights.

By Dianne Johnson
Executive Director