Too busy to pray? Here’s how you can get started.
Most of us lead busy lives, juggling between work, family, school and ministry commitments. In between our hectic schedules, we hardly have any time left to spend time with God. And when we do find a bit of time, we are mostly clueless on where to begin. One simple way of praying with Scripture is through SOAP Scripture Study & Journaling.
How to begin? Try a bit of SOAP…
Find a quiet time and start reading the bible daily (or as regularly as possible), starting each time by blessing yourself with the sign of the cross. A passage like the Gospel of the day is a good way to start. As you read, make note of any verses that jump out at you with special significance.
- A Quiet Space
- Prayer Journal
Acquire a notebook (your Prayer Journal) and follow the steps:
Scripture – Read the passage once and write down the verse or verses that struck you while you were reading
Observation – As you read the passage once more, ask yourself what you observed about the scripture that struck you? Meditate over the key verse and write this down.
Application – Read the passage the third time and contemplate on how can you apply the observation so that it affects your life today.
Prayer – You may decide to read the passage yet again and write down a prayer to God based on what you have just learned and ask God to help you to apply apply this truth in your life.
“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” – Romans 12:2
A regular time and space is recommended to concretise this activity to a daily habit. Good habits help us cultivate disciplines to grow and advance in the spiritual life.
As Catholics, we often hesitate to read Scripture by ourselves because we feel that we do not know enough about the Bible. The truth is that we have a teacher in the Holy Spirit, so fear not and start your journey today!
Recommended SOAP reading plan:
Follow the Gospel of the Day, click here for the readings.