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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