Have you ever sat down to pray, opened your Bible, and took a deep breath to get started only to hear your baby cry seconds later? This happens to me pretty much daily, which is why I need an arsenal of quick and powerful prayers!
Between my toddler and my 9-month-old, grabbing a quiet moment alone doesn’t happen often. And while this is definitely a deterrent, it doesn’t mean we just stop praying. If anything, it means we NEED to keep showing up to pray even more.
How To Pray Throughout The Day When You’re Super Busy
But HOW do we do that when we are constantly changing diapers, washing dishes, and complying with 567,783,156 snack requests a day?!
I’ve got a post coming up about creative ways to pray (so be sure to join my email list so you don’t miss it!), but today I want to dig deep and get practical with 6 quick and powerful prayers you can pray throughout your day, starting RIGHT NOW, TODAY!
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Let’s Get Specific
The following list contains prayers primarily meant to be said at specific times each day.
Because, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church points out,
“We must remember God more often than we draw breath. But we cannot ‘pray at all times’ if we do not pray at specific times, consciously willing it.”(2697)
It’s a good spiritual practice to get into the habit of praying throughout the day, and it doesn’t take much- yes even if you’re super busy and constantly surrounded by little kiddos.
What’s The Secret?!
Here is the best way I’ve found to remember to pray these prayers throughout the day: set your alarm! I set multiple alarms with the name of the prayers on them and when they go off, I stop whatever I’m doing and recite these short prayers!
One More Quick Thing Before We Dive In
But before we get into these specific prayers, I want to point out that this post is geared mainly toward incorporating short prayers regularly into your busy life- when you don’t have the time or ability to sit down and read scripture or meditate deeply in prayer. (You should still try to incorporate these spiritual practices, but that’s not what we’re talking about today.)
If you do find yourself in a position with larger pockets of free time, you may want to check out The Liturgy of the Hours (also called the Divine Office) either in book form or on the web. I know it is included free in the Laudate app. (I’m not an affiliate, just a raving fan- if you don’t have this app yet go download it now! I’ll wait!)
If you’re fostering a devotion to our Blessed Mother, you also may want to check out the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Magnificat offers a series of prayers and scripture readings throughout the day as well, so if you have some time to sit and read, this is a good place to dive a little deeper.
Now Back To Tips For Those Of Us Living In Total Chaos
But for those of us constantly folding laundry, chasing toddlers, and wiping up spills all day, sitting down at regular intervals to pray isn’t always practical or possible. While we still want to show up to pray, we have to get creative to fit it into our busy lives.
So today, I’m bringing you a list of quick and powerful prayers you can pray throughout your busy day, no matter how much you are juggling.
6 Quick + Powerful Prayers To Pray Throughout Your Day
1.The Morning Offering
There are several versions of this prayer that you can find on a quick google search. I like this one that I found on EWTN’s site the best.
2. Jesus, I Trust In You
That’s it, that’s the whole prayer. These were the words Jesus asked St. Faustina to include on the image of Divine Mercy. I keep this one as my phone’s lock screen so that every time I reach for my phone, I’m reminded to pray this simple yet powerful prayer. You can download my free “Jesus, I trust in you” phone wallpaper here.
3. The Angelus
This prayer was traditionally prayed at 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm, when the church bells rang. Everyone would stop when they heard the bells to pray this prayer. I set my alarm for this one for noon, but you could definitely do it three times per day if you wanted to!
Prayer source: EWTN
4. The Divine Mercy Chaplet
Jesus asked that we pray especially for mercy at the three o’clock hour which he referred to as “the hour of great mercy.” There are several references to this sacred hour in The Diary of St. Faustina, including this one:
At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.(The Diary of St. Faustina, 1320)
If you don’t have time to say the whole chaplet, you can also pray the three o’clock prayer for mercy.
Prayer source: EWTN
5. The Magnificat (The Canticle of Mary)
This is part of traditional evening prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours. Now I will admit, I don’t have this one committed to memory but I do have it saved as a screenshot to my favorites folder on my phone for easy access.
Prayer source: EWTN
6. The Guardian Angel Prayer
I grew up saying this prayer every night so I had to include it! Now I pray it with my little ones nightly. It can be said during the day by changing “night” to “day.”
Now How Easy Was That?
So you see, momma, you don’t have to have hours of silence (although wouldn’t that be nice?!) in order to go deeper into prayer. We can truly pray without ceasing by praying throughout the day- starting with these quick and powerful prayers.
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I can’t wait to see how your relationship with God grows through this daily prayer practice! God Bless!