1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Pray, sisters! The whole point of this calling to wear a head covering is for prayer. If it becomes about something other than prayer, then we, as Christians, are missing the point. Scripture teaches us to "pray without ceasing". This is very hard to do. There are so many distractions. Lately I've been blessed to be working a lot in my sewing corner, and this is my perfect job because I can pray while I work. I don't like to talk or write much about prayer, though, because prayer ought to be done in secret. But for some reason, the urge to write this post won't leave me alone.
Prayer can take a heart and make it soft. The Jesus prayer is an ancient Orthodox Christian prayer that is ideal to pray while doing household chores "O Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!" This, while scrubbing the dishes...again. This, while rotating laundry...again. So much of my life is lather, rinse, repeat. So why shouldn't I add the Jesus prayer to my thoughts? It has been helpful in allowing me to grow up and accept this aspect of domesticity. Sometimes while I'm washing something I remember the Psalm: "purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean, wash me and I shall be whiter then snow." This transitions nicely back into the Jesus prayer.
Prayer can redeem a broken heart and heal it. Is there a person who has hurt us in the past? Well, whenever that person comes to mind, instead of ruminating in bitterness and hurt, lift that person up to the Lord. Ask God to have mercy on that person. Ask God to bless that person, and draw that person closer to Himself. And in so doing, a broken heart can be healed. Rejection no longer matters, perhaps. Distance, time and loss (perhaps we are missing a loved one) are done away with. God is everywhere present and fills all things. And we can pray!
Prayer can draw us into the presence of God because when we choose to pray, we are taking a step. But really, I think God takes the first step, even then, and we are just responding when we say "yes" to that gentle Holy Spirit-nudge to pray. Oh, how often I ignore that still, small voice! Lord Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner!
There are so many ways to pray. Other than morning prayers and evening prayers, there's so much more: There's free prayer, where our thoughts about a person, an event, or whatever, becomes prayer as we turn what we are thinking about over to God. There's the Jesus prayer that I already mentioned. There's adding structure to one's day by praying the hours. I'm not consistent with that, but I want to be. There's putting in a recording of worship music while one is working, or perhaps a recording of the Psalms. Traditionally the Psalms are the Church's prayer book. I love to listen while I work.
But always, always God. Always turn your heart to God. Always lift up the concerns of the day to God. Always, always be His handmaiden.
That, I think, is the point.
But it is good for me to draw near to God;I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Your works.
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you