1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Even when fasting, our minds often drift away from giving attention to our heavenly Father. Therefore, we need to understand and accept that prayer is more a 15 minute task in the morning.

One of the ways of being aware of this is to remember that the Holy Spirit is present with us. He is always leading us towards holiness. And we should expect Him to be at work all-day, every day in and through us.

Another way is to be active in prayer, or more mindful. We have so many opportunities. Those 2 minute, 5 minute and 10 minute spaces throughout our day can be used as opportunities to prayerfully realize God’s presence, instead of checking our phones.

Finally, be aware that prayer is hard. It’s hard because we are sinful, which means there are hundreds of conscious and unconscious reasons why we make it harder for ourselves to pray.

Therefore, we may need to refresh both our thinking and our practice. And the wonderful truth is that God has provided all we need. Sin has been overcome in Christ, and God Himself has given us so many different reasons for and practices to undertake in prayer.