Praying In The Car

Praying in the car is a helpful way to seize your commute and commune with your God. When asked about their prayer life, I often hear Christians say, “I usually get good times of praying in the car on my way to work. I love it!” I agree. I also pray while driving and enjoy it. But here’s what I’d like to propose in this post: while praying when driving is helpful, praying while driving shouldn’t be the only time you pray.

One of the purposes of prayer is to develop intimacy with God. It’s difficult (if not impossible) to develop intimacy with God while driving. You’re multitasking. Your mind is distracted. You often have to pause or stop to do something else. Result? Petitions are made, but intimacy is not created.

Imagine you are married (and if you are, imagine this with your spouse) and the only time you speak to your spouse is while you are in the car together driving. Could you communicate? Yep. Can you get things worked out? Sure. Can you develop a better relationship? Yeah. But would you develop love and intimacy? No. Speaking only in the car with your spouse would make you business partners, not lovers.

Jesus says in Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father in secret. . .”  Go to your room and shut the door, Jesus says. Why? So you can be alone with God, away from the distractions of this busy world, and commune with him. He tells us to do this so we can develop intimacy with him. Something we cannot do if we only pray while driving.

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9 thoughts on “Praying In The Car

  1. Yep! I’m with you on this, David. I think too often we squeeze God in where he fits in our busy lives, but that’s not the place He requires. He wants to be first and foremost. We have learned to feed ourselves on the run, but people who do this usually end up in bad shape physically. We can likewise worship, praise and pray on the run, but it will take a toll on our spiritual shape after a while too.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree, David. PWD (Praying While Driving) is a good way to redeem the time we must spend in our cars, but if that is the extent of our prayer life, something is missing.

    Thanks for this gentle reminder.


  3. HA! I felt so lame for a second because I can never pray while doing something else, let alone drive. The bible tells us to pray without ceasing. easier said then done, but then again it’s His strength that sustains us 🙂

  4. Here’s something new to try — sometimes when I’m driving I randomly pick cars of people to pray for. Especially around the holidays, I pray that whatever family squabbles exist where they are going, those difficulties would disappear. Or I pray that God would show up where He’s never been before in the lives of those people. You have to do it knowing you will not on this earth know what God did with those requests, but I have fun imagining that there are people who drove back the other way a few days later talking about how this was the best family get-together they had had in years. 🙂

  5. I like that idea, Denise! In light of doing that, I think you hit the nail on the head when you say, “You have to do it knowing you will not on this earth know what God did with those requests . . .” Most likely have to wait for Heaven but it is an adventurous way to pray. After all, as John Piper has famously said, “Prayer causes things to happen that wouldn’t happen if you didn’t pray.”

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