Christian Mindfulness Practice: Flash Prayers

Developing the daily habit of offering up a sentence-long prayer at specific times is a common suggestion. Kenneth Boa and Jenny Abel, authors of the free-pdf “A Guide to Practicing God’s Presence,” call these “flash prayers” or “arrow prayers.”

Use your own Jesus prayer or one of these suggestions:

  • Come, Lord Jesus.
  • Holy Spirit, act through me.
  • I thank you in all things.
  • This is the day that you have made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.
  • May I love and serve you and others today.
  • I love you, Lord.

Of course, you can also write your own prayer. Just make it easy to memorize.

You can use this prayer at various times through the day. One way to remind yourself is to set a subtle alarm for times. Other times to use flash prayers include:

  • When you walk up
  • When you are about to eat
  • Before a meeting
  • Before making a call
  • Before sending or responding to a text
  • While waiting in line
  • At bedtime