th (1)Do you find yourself in the car a lot?  I put many, many miles on my car each year.  Right now, my car has 256,769 miles on it and I am aiming for 300,000 before I get a new car.  I feel like I’m constantly in my car.  Many of those hours of rolling down the road are alone.

I hate to waste anything, most of all time, so I like to use my car time as prayer time.  Yesterday, I was up and on the road at 5 a.m. driving to an appointment three hours away.  Because of daylight savings time, I was driving in the dark.  Everything was quiet, inside the car and out.  There were very few cars on the road, mainly eighteen-wheelers.  Since I didn’t have any lengthy time with the Lord prior to leaving, I chose to spend my time in the car praying all the way to my appointment.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 says,

Pray without ceasing.”

I decided to give it a try on my journey.  I started in the obvious places, praying for my husband, my children, my parents, and my prayer shield.  But then the Lord took me through a sea of faces and I prayed for them one by one as He brought them to mind.  He also brought situations to mind that I talked with Him about, because that’s truly what prayer is, talking with your best friend.  Exodus 33:11 says,

The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. “

I don’t know about you, but I think it’d be awesome to speak face to face with Jesus.  Even though I can’t see His face, I can feel His presence and I know He’s listening.  So, as I prayed. I just thought of it as Jesus sitting in the car with me taking a road trip.  Before I knew it, I had pulled into the parking lot of my 8 a.m. appointment and I had prayed for everyone and everything on my mind and heart.  Needless to say, yesterday was an AMAZING day.

I would encourage you to look for opportunities to have extended prayer time with the Lord.  Start by using your alone time in your car, or while you’re cleaning your house, or anything else you do alone.  I think, like me, you’ll find you crave those times rather than avoid them.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Me, I’m going to talk to my best friend.