We can pray to God everywhere because God is everywhere: He is in our homes, in church, in our cars, at the grocery store...He is everywhere!
We can and should pray at all times. The Orthodox Church does have established prayers for all sorts of events throughout the day.
I will share just a few of these:
Prayer For The Beginning of the Day
O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace, help me in all things to rely upon your holy will. In every hour of the day reveal your will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that your will governs all. In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by you. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering or embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray. And you, yourself, pray in me. Amen.
Prayer Before Lessons
(This is not one my family currently uses...but I am considering adding it to our Morning Prayers)
O Most Good Lord! Send down upon us the grace of they Holy Spirit, granting us understanding and the strengthening of our mental powers, that attending to the teaching given us, we may grow to the glory of Thee, our Creator, to the comfort of our parents, and to the benefit of the Church and our homeland.
Prayer Before Beginning All Work
(Another One I need to incorporate!)
Bless, O Lord!
Prayer Before Eating
The Eyes of all look to thee with Hope and Thou gavest them their food in due season. Thou openest thy hand and fillest every living thing with thy favor (taken from Ps. 144:16-17)
** Many Orthodox Christians use the Lord's Prayer before eating.
O Christ Our God who at all times and in every hour, in heaven and earth, are worshipped and glorified; who are long-suffering, merciful and compassionate; who loves the just and shows mercy upon the sinner; who calls all to salvation through the promise of blessings to come; O Lord, in this hour receive our supplications and direct our lives according to Your commandments. Sanctify our souls, hallow our bodies, correct our thoughts, cleanse our minds; deliver us from all tribulation, evil and distress. Encompass us with Your holy Angels that, guided and guarded by them, we may attain to the unity of the faith and to the knowledge of Your unapproachable glory, for You are blessed unto ages of ages. Amen
The Jesus Prayer
The Jesus Prayer is a short, simple prayer but contains the whole message of Christianity within it. I could go on and on about the meaning and benefit of this simple prayer but I will save that for another post for the future. For now, know this is a prayer that can be said anytime of day for any reason and can be said once or over and over.... Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
An important goal to have is to work on prayer without ceasing.
I found this explanation on Orthodox Church Quotes here at WordPress. St. Peter of Damascus, reminding us of Paul's words, tells us to be mindful of God at all times. We must remember God in everything we do and in every circumstance. How do we do that? Praying throughout the day using the established prayers of the Orthodox Church is one way to do that or simply bowing your head in thanks. But how, in this day and age, with all the business of our days, do we remember to pause and thank God and acknowledge Him in all things? How do we not get pulled into the stresses around us and not just forget? We must establish habits... whether it be through visual reminders (laying the bible or prayer-book in an obvious place, posting a prayer on a notecard by the kitchen sink) or an audible reminder - setting your watch or phone alarm at various times through the day as a reminder to pause and pray, we must attempt to put our minds on God more than the things of this material world. What do you do to attempt prayer without ceasing?
I have this plaque in my house as a reminder of my favorite prayer.
It is a prayer I use quite often. It brings me much peace. Do you have a favorite prayer that brings you peace?
May you have a day full of prayer and peace.