TWO-MINUTE PRAY­ERS

Activated - - NEWS - BY CHRIS MIZRANY CHRIS MIZRANY IS A WEB DE­SIGNER, PHO­TOG­RA­PHER, AND MIS­SION­ARY WITH HELP­ING HAND IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA. ■

I’VE OF­TEN STRUG­GLED TO MAKE TIME TO PRAY. Though my wife and I pray to­gether each morn­ing and be­fore bed, I find my­self ne­glect­ing that reg­u­lar “talk­ing with Je­sus” through­out the day, es­pe­cially when sud­den things come up. I know I need to pray, but it’s hard, re­ally hard, to set aside “prayer time.”

Then, I read about the 2-Minute Rule. Here’s how it works.

1 Most of the tasks that we pro­cras­ti­nate on aren’t ac­tu­ally dif­fi­cult to do: it’s com­pletely pos­si­ble to ac­com­plish them—we just avoid start­ing them for some rea­son, mostly be­cause we “don’t have time.”

The 2–Minute Rule over­comes pro­cras­ti­na­tion and lazi­ness by mak­ing it so easy to start tak­ing ac­tion. There are two parts to the 2–Minute Rule…

Part 1: If it takes less than two min­utes, then do it now.

There are many things we put off that we could get done in two min­utes or less. For ex­am­ple, wash­ing our dishes im­me­di­ately af­ter a meal, toss­ing the laun­dry in the wash­ing ma­chine, tak­ing out the garbage, clean­ing up clut­ter, send­ing that email, and so on.

So, the rule says if a task takes less than two min­utes to com­plete, do it right away. Does that ap­ply to prayer? It sure does!

Part 2: When you start a new habit, it should take less than two min­utes to do.

Can all of our goals be ac­com­plished in less than two min­utes? Of course not, but ev­ery goal can be started in two min­utes or less. Longer, des­per­ate pray­ers are good, and cer­tainly needed, but a good start is to pray even short pray­ers now, with­out de­lay­ing.

So, how does this help me to pray more? Well, in­stead of wait­ing to have a large block of “prayer time,” I’m try­ing to send up short pray­ers through­out the day—as soon as the need presents it­self, if pos­si­ble. The Bible prom­ises that Je­sus al­ways hears me, so I’m act­ing on that truth. And you know what? I think

2 my prayer habit is in mo­tion.

We think of prayer as a prepa­ra­tion for work, or a calm af­ter hav­ing done work, whereas prayer is the es­sen­tial work.

— Oswald Cham­bers (1874–1917)

Prayer at its high­est is a two-way con­ver­sa­tion, and for me the most im­por­tant part is lis­ten­ing to God’s replies.

— Frank C. Laubach (1884–1970)

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