Where does prayer fit into the time, talent and treasure formula of stewardship? Well, most of us probably think of being a good steward of our time as volunteering. However, time in the stewardship formula refers to time in prayer. It is listed first for a reason!
How often do we text or call our spouse or best friend? Shouldn’t we reach out to God at least that often? Life is hectic and too often we don’t offer God the time He deserves. One way we can start a routine of personal prayer each day is to schedule God into our busy day. We wouldn’t miss a scheduled appointment with a client, doctor or best friend; so why not schedule a daily appointment with God? Our days are very busy, but thankfully God is flexible and He rejoices in every minute we share with Him. We are called to make prayer a priority.
The most important thing we should do every day is to have a conversation with our Heavenly Father. Cultivating our relationship with God is the first step in living a life of stewardship. By nurturing our relationship with God, we are able to have a clear understanding of God’s will for our lives. We are reminded of this throughout scripture.
“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)
We have many opportunities to deepen our relationship with God. In addition to the sacraments, which help us grow closer to God, we have Eucharistic Adoration, Bible studies, retreats and quiet meditation.
Could you pray a Rosary on your morning commute? Perhaps you set aside quiet time with God in the mornings or evenings. Just remember that prayer is the foundation for becoming the steward that God wants us to be in all areas of our lives.
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
— Shannon Roh is the Executive Director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile.