I was thinking today that I've felt a re-awakening in my prayer life of late, and I think it's because of Shauna'h's online prayer course for Catholic women, Everyday Holiness, which starts up on Sunday. 😎 I'm so looking forward to having some motivation to stay on track with prayer via a little structure and community! I've always been very motivated by setting goals, with a timeline, and having others along with me on the journey. If you sign up for Shauna'h's email list, you will get a link to a free printable calendar for the month with prayer goals and novena reminders!
The other thing I was thinking about lately in this regard is building up small micro habits in terms of prayer. I wrote about this recently over on Catholic Mom. You work towards larger goals by setting very small habits for yourself that you build on over time. Maybe you start with a single decade of the rosary when you get into your car in the morning. Or wing up a Morning Offering as you set your feet on the floor upon rising from bed for the day. Once that habit is more firmly established in your routine, you can add on a set of 3 Hail Marys for an intention of the day as you brush your teeth, or add a second decade of the rosary while you're making dinner in the evening. I really love this idea, and I tell all about how I learned about this in my Catholic Mom post, linked above! The book I reference in that post is BJ Fogg's Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything.
Do you have any tips for igniting habits in your prayer life? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
I understand habit: every night before bed, I pray. Thats a habit. I am conscious about it; I know why or what I'm praying for. But if I'm praying out of habit while I brush my teeth, I'm afraid that I'm not going to be wholly into the prayer. Wouldn't I just be mouthing the words and giving lip service?ReplyDelete
Hi Kity! I think (so my opinion only, of course!) that it's all about intentionality. If your intention when working on these habits is to deepen your prayer life, then your intentions are in the right place, and God will bless your effort. Obviously, this depends on the situation and the individual. :)Delete