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Rush hour or prayer hour?
Do you, like me, drive to work on a congested freeway? Is “rush hour” merely a time for sitting in traffic? It can be tempting to feel anxious about getting to our destination on time. In the city where I commute, I listen to the morning traffic report to time my trip so I don’t have to sit in traffic for extended periods, but I have come to realize that even during rush hour, the commute can be a prayer-filled and stress-free time.
One morning, sitting in especially heavy traffic, I began to ponder how Christ Jesus was always praying. I’ve found this to be a seriously wonderful jumping-off point for my prayers. Many of the healings Jesus performed occurred as he prayed while he was moving along from place to place, even when he was thronged with crowds vying for his attention.
Of course it is important to be an alert driver, paying attention to the task at hand, and a prayerful approach to our driving is helpful in that regard. And when we are moving along, or when we are stuck in traffic, what better way to spend that time than to hold our fellow travelers in prayer as the harmonious, spiritual ideas of God, as Christ Jesus taught? I have found it particularly helpful to prayerfully contemplate, during this time, the Lord’s Prayer, with its spiritual sense given to us in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (see pp. 16–17); the “Daily Prayer,” as given in the Manual of The Mother Church (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 41); “the scientific statement of being” (see Science and Health, p. 468); and the tenets of Christian Science (see Science and Health, p. 497).