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Video – I can’t find time to pray

November 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Videos

Time to Pray: I can't find it!


Time to Pray:

for post on finding time to pray

Fr John Bartunek

Dan Burke

To be a saint, we have to pray.  So, why can't we find time to pray?  And, what does it mean when we can't find time to pray? What is one reason we can be uncomfortable in praying? Prayer is something that is, in fact, possible and is always necessary for our relationship with God, who loves us. In this short video (of under five minutes) from, Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about how to find time to pray.  Father John assures us we can find time to pray.  He talks about the two things that we can adjust in our lives, without adding anything more to our “to do” list.  And, these two things, done during the day, will create an environment of prayer in our lives.



Editor’s Note: To dig deeper into your own personal relationship with Christ through prayer, please consider purchasing Fr. John Bartunek's fantastic book by clicking here: The Better Part – A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer (published by Ministry 23 Publishers).


Art for this post on prayer and finding time for it: The cover of Father John Bartunek’s book “The Better Part” is used with permission. Pictures of Father John Bartunek and Dan Burke have also been used with permission. Feature art for this post on prayer: Photography of Dan Burke used with permission.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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    Thank you for the comments on praying. I few years ago I made it a commitment to lose the noise around me, like the TV and radio, so I could spend quite time. It took some time but it paid off and now I can spend my travel time to work and home talking and praying to God. It is also some good quite time.

  • Eugene1935

    I am a Catholic.  In the past I thought I could not pray because I did not know the words.  I realized that God does not need to hear canned prayer. If you do not know the words to a song then just hum the tune.
    Prayer,in my opinion, is talking to God and one can do that all day without having to set aside a block of time.  Since I realized that notion, God is with me and I am with Him all day long.  

    Eugene A. S.

    • Good stuff Eugene – any time we turn our hearts to God He receives our turning and He turns to us. Sometimes we do this with our words, sometimes with the words of others, sometimes with no words at all…

  • LizEst

    Another great video Father John and Dan! I’ve sent this link on to many!

  • sanders13

    My daily quiet time of 40 years began with this prayer:
    “Lord, don’t let me go to sleep tonight until I’ve had my quiet time with You.

    • Barbara – good to hear from you! Have you ever regretted your thousands of hours of investment in your relationship with our Lord?

      • sanders13

        My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner 🙂

  • CatholicKath

    I struggle with prayer when I need it the most. Even though I know it is the best answer and that prayer is powerful, it feels so easy to pray for others and so hard to pray for myself. It’s like I know I should take it to God in prayer, but it seems like not enough….like my prayers are so inadequate.

    • Kath – read “Time for God” by Jacques Philippe. You can find it under the “Resources” menu at the top of the site. I think you will find helpful perspective there.

      • CatholicKath

        ok-Thank you Dan. I am looking into it. God bless.

        • LizEst

          Kath – I used to feel similarly and once told my spiritual director that I didn’t think my prayers were very helpful. He said that, when we unite our prayers to Christ, they are infinitely valuable. They are of infinite help. That made all the difference to me. Since then, I have not felt as though my prayers were inadequate because I unite them to Christ (and here is where making a morning offering unites your whole day to Christ and your whole day becomes a prayer).

          Just because things may not turn out as I deem they should be does not mean that my prayers are not helpful to the person or situation I’m praying for. The Lord knows best how to resolve what I pray for.

  • judeen

    I cant find time to pray… we fight our selves , our emotions , wants,  . for really there is alot of time.. there is always time to do what we want to do… it is a spiritual battle… and purification of our selves and control over our selves… it is deeper than just finding the time… so much more deeper… it is a start to put God 1st in our lives.. and the devil does not want us to do that .. and he pulls out all the tricks , selfishness.. bussiness… and all our faults and false Gods….. and bring them to attack us… to keep us from growing close to God and His ways…. we do not realize how controled we let our selves be.. purification hurts, because we fight our selves.

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