As you go about your day, offer quick bursts of prayer–a quick word of blessing, a short petition, a confession. When you see the news pray, “Thy kingdom come” at the screen. When you pass a person on the street pray, “Lord, bless her today.” When you think some disparaging thought of someone else say, “Lord, have mercy.” Keep your prayers short and let them mediate your interactions with the world around you. Find one hour early in the day to really focus and practice prayer bursts and then try to continue the practice through the rest of the day.
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.