Spiritual Practice


Hannah Beaven, 19

My favorite ways to enjoy focused, rejuvenating time with God include climbing trees to pray, taking solitary walks in the woods, pounding out my frustrations on a piano, and writing in my journal. These activities, however, require certain conditions—favorable weather, noise-appropriate locations, and time. In the chaos of life, I am often too busy to take advantage of these practices on a regular basis. So I devised a more creative method of staying in touch with God: shower prayers.

Knowing that showering was a consistent part of my daily routine, I made a conscious effort to spend my shower time in conversation with God. This extra dose of spiritual reflection was so meaningful that I wanted more. Soon, I was turning off the radio to spend a few moments in prayer, talking with God as I smeared peanut butter on a sandwich, and posting scripture in places I frequent throughout my day. These actions are small, but they keep me accountable.

Carving out space for God in even the most insignificant activities makes me more aware of God’s presence in every part of my life. My shower prayers inspire me to continue seeking God in the mundane and the ordinary. Perhaps I’ll add prayer to my tooth-brushing routine next.

When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 (NRSV)





REFLECT: In what daily routines can you make space for God?

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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