Have you ever thought of your life as having a certain rhythm?
For some, thinking of rhythm in terms of your daily life may be a strange concept. But for others, we are very aware that our days are punctuated by diapers needing to be changed, bellies needed to be filled, snuggles and discipline to be meted out, work to be done, houses to be cleaned, the list goes on. The same things start and end our days. The same things interrupt our plans. (Ok even saying ‘plans’ makes me smile, do you know what I mean?)
What are days are made up of is often reflected in our season of life – whether you have young children, are a working professional or an empty nester. The make up of your household and the responsibilities inherent in the ages of your children determine a lot of your daily routine. However, there’s something else that should permeate your daily rhythm: Prayer.
This is true regardless of the season of life you’re in or the number of dishes to wash or loads of laundry to run through.
There was a rhythm to life in Biblical times. Devout Jews observed hours of prayer: Morning, Noon and evening. (Some even prayed seven times a day, but that’s a topic for another time.) In this way, no matter what was on their “to-do” list, there were three formal times a day for praying. You can think of this as an appointment that you wouldn’t miss. Just like you make appointments to see the doctor or to meet with a friend, the people in these biblical days had an appointment to offer their prayers.
Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s a few scripture references about praying three times a day: