As I flew into work today, feeling anxious because I was running late, in the back of my mind was the fact that because I slept in and we had a staff meeting, I was not going to have much time for prayer for this morning; I had work to do.
Over the intercom, we were called to our meeting at 7:15, not in our normal location but in the adoration chapel. I have been blessed to be able to work in a place that regularly provides and creates space for prayer. I can work and pray simultaneously with the blessing of my superiors. And although you may not work in a Catholic or Christian-oriented workplace, you can also pray and work too!
Praying while you work
One of the beauties of Catholic, meditative and memorized prayer is that you can do other tasks while you are praying! The Rosary can be said as you organize or clean, the Divine Mercy Chaplet can as well. You can also listen to them as you write or do other desk-related tasks. You can also listen to Christ-oriented music or podcasts. (Have I mentioned I love the Blessed Is She pods?)
Praying at work
During your breaks and space, praying for a minute or two is a great way to start. Praying before and after meals, walking up and down the stairs, or other small dead spaces during that day. There may also be time and space for a prayer group as well. You can meet friends before or after in a community space.
Many may flinch away and say that work and prayer cannot go hand in hand, but I would like to challenge that perception. Religious orders structure their lives around working prayerfully and although not many of us are called to that vocation, we can still imitate that prayerful holiness.
Take a minute or two today and think about the quiet times you can dedicate to God?