Why I don’t like “Quiet Times” and I “don’t get” prayer (or maybe I do)
I’ve always had a hard time with “quiet times” – a Christian way of talking about a daily regimen of Scripture reading and prayer. A time set apart — especially first thing in the morning — to be with God. Probably this is because I heard many people associate being truly spiritual with having a quiet time. And the earlier you had one in the morning, the more spiritual you were.
What counts as prayer?
When aren’t we praying?
Encountering God in all things
Prayer: Reminding ourselves of the reality and presence of God
“In prayer we speak to God…But we cannot pray as if we were talking to the empty air; so in the very act of praying we unconsciously remind ourselves of the reality and the presence of God, thereby strengthening our belief in him…We cannot pray always, in the sense of those contemplatives who have dedicated their whole lives to prayer and penance. Nor can we go around abstracted all day, thinking only of God and ignoring our duties to those around us, to family and friends and to those for whom we are responsible. But we can pray always by making each action and work and suffering of the day a prayer insofar as it has been offered and promised to God.”