What’s the Point of Praying in the Car?

The other morning, I got up at 5:00 a.m., put on my gym clothes in a sleepy stupor, and got in the car.  As I pulled out of the driveway, the thought hit me: I really ought to pray more often. 

I almost started praying right there in the car, but no – that wouldn’t cut it.  I needed to be praying more like Jesus did.  You know, climbing a mountain, getting away from the world, spending a few hours saturating in the Father’s presence.  I knew I couldn’t do that, so instead I just drove forward when the light went green, did my workout, and came home with a little extra guilt.

In retrospect, I think that was a bad idea. I mean, think about it: sometimes in the busyness of life, my wife and I struggle to get time alone, away from chores and kids and social events.  There are days when our most meaningful conversation happens in the car as we’re driving from soccer practice to dinner with friends.  We certainly need to set time apart to be together, and we do.  But on those days when we’ve got too much to do, we’ve got to work with what we’ve got.  We’re not going to sit in the car in silence simply because we can’t get alone, stare deeply into each other’s eyes, and fall in love all over again.

I know we need to set apart time to simply be with the Holy Spirit; but we’ve got to start somewhere.  And one sincere, but brief, moment of affection with the Lord is better than all the guilt trips in the world, which tend to drive us away from Him anyway.  So whether you’re in the car, cooking, or waiting in line at the grocery store, give Him what you’ve got.  Ask Him to take your “five loaves and two fishes” of time and multiply them into a feast that will increase your appetite for more.

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  1. Exactly! I figure praying on the go is better than not praying at all. I spend a lot of time in the car. That’s kinda my alone time to think, and so that’s when I think about praying. At first it did seem odd to not be closing my eyes and bowing my head, and I wondered if it was disrespectful. But if we are encouraged to be close to Him and speak with Him often, then why not speak at every chance you get, as you would to a person who is physically sitting next to you? I enjoy my traveling prayer time and feel closer to my Heavenly Father for doing it. So how can there be anything wrong with that!?

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  2. Hit the nail right on the head. He loves us and would rather we spent that brief moment you talked about rather than beat ourselves up. It helps me to remember that there’s a BIG difference between condemnation and conviction. The Holy Spirit may convict us over our prayer life but only the Enemy seeks to condemn us.

    Just read your article on Boundless about blogging too and I’m glad I decided to visit your corner of the internet 🙂


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