3MN: Prayer for the changing of diapers and paying of the bills.

3MN: Prayer for the changing of diapers and paying of the bills.

Happy Thursday!

In the next 3 minutes:

  1. Why I'm praying when I change my son's diaper.
  2. Capturing every holy moment.
  3. Writing my own short, common prayers.

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Minute 1 - The prayer for dirty diapers.

Every day, I change a diaper. 

Every day, I look at my iPhone. 

Every day, I put on my shoes.

Every day, I say, "I love you."

These repeated practices have the power to shape my heart into something that better reflects the image of Christ or to misshape it away from that. 

Repeated rhythms of life are called liturgies, which are often associated with worship in a church building. But if repeated things shape me, then everything I repeat could be considered an act of worship. 

There is nothing inherently righteous about changing my son's diaper or paying the bills, but those practices could be much more likely to draw my heart closer to God with a subtle shift. 

A prayer. 

Minute 2 - Our lives are shot through with sacred purpose.

The following is a portion of a prayer from Every Moment Holy. Their prayer books feature new prayers and liturgies for the ordinary events of daily life. 

These prayers remind us that our lives are shot through with sacred purpose even when, especially when, we are too busy or too caught up in our busyness to notice.

This excerpt is taken from A Liturgy for the Paying of the Bills,

Where we have mismanaged your provision,
where we have stumbled in our stewardship and
our undoing has been our own doing,
where we have through the workings
of our own desires unwisely accrued
expenses or debt,
grant us conviction, and vision,
and better wisdom,
that we would more faithfully steward
these resources in months to come.

Minute 3 - Writing my own short prayers over common things.

Friday is my day of cleaning. My wife is at work, and the kids are at daycare. I spend the quiet hours listening to audiobooks, mopping floors, and feeding my chickens. 

What might it look like to write short prayers and stop to say them before each of those tasks? 

Audiobooks: God, sometimes my mind wanders while I listen. Images and thoughts take hold, pulling me away from your presence. Yet, I know you are always with me, even when distracted. Help me refocus and return to you when my mind quiets.

Mopping Floors: After a long week, the little boy's muddy feet and my wife's heels have walked on these floors. The dog chewed his bone in that corner, and friends passed through to the backyard. Goodness is found in the filth. As I clean away the traces of the week, I find a sense of renewal, a chance to start fresh.

Feeding Chickens: These little birds rely on me daily, yet they don't worry about when I'll arrive. They greet me with a chirp and a cheer. Maybe there's a lesson here, God. Teach me to trust in your presence, just like these feathered friends.

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Then the watchman saw another man running. The watchman called out to the gatekeeper, "There is another man running by himself." The king said, "This one also is bringing good news." 2 Samuel 18:26

This verse gave me goosebumps when I studied it further. Learn how I chose this verse and more about it in my Roll For Verse series. Watch the full episode or read more.

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See you next Thursday,

Payton Minzenmayer

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