I hate housework. It’s such a faff, it takes forever, and everything gets dirty again like 10 seconds later. Similar to driving, I find it super annoying that I can’t be doing something else more useful at the same time. So, how can I better use this time?
Initially, my idea was to listen to worship music but I soon remembered just how loud hoovers are and it was just a pain having to stop it every time I needed the hoover. So, instead I want to look at some different ways that we can pray whilst doing housework; taking different tasks and creating prayer prompts for us all to use or adapt. Let’s dive in!
Hoovering is a pain, but it does give you an opportunity to visit many of the rooms in your house (and you can add mopping/sweeping other floors into this section too). This is a great chance to pray really specifically over each room of your house individually. You can say thank you to God for the things that have happened in each room over the last few weeks, and pray for specific things that you want to happen in those rooms. For example, you could thank God for a great meal that you shared with friends in your dining room; and you could pray that you are able to sleep better whilst in your bedroom.
When we moved into our new home, we were given some great cleaning supplies, including this awesome rainbow feather duster. It’s great for reaching those top corners and the tops of doors and shelves! As we turn our eyes upwards to the cobwebs on the ceiling, we can turn our prayers to focus on who God is. Praying the attributes of God is a great way to really focus our minds on God and all that he has done for us. We can thank God for the fact that he is our protector and we can ask him to protect us from a certain thing we’re currently experiencing. To get you started, you can check out two of my blog posts: 5 Feminine attributes of God and 5 Masculine attributes of God.
If you do want to stick on some music, and praise God through song – this would probably be my recommended job for doing this because it is a bit more static. But, sticking to the theme of praying whilst doing housework, another option is to use the individual items you wash up as opportunities to pray for individual people: friends, family, people at your church, the people you barely know. Spend time praying over them and offering them up to God.
Depending on how you do your laundry this may look different. In our house we have a washing machine but tend not to use the tumble dryer settings, instead we hang clothes on the airer to dry inside (we don’t have a garden). So, for me, laundry has two stages – getting everything together and putting it in the washing machine, and then later hanging everything up to dry. Laundry can be a great visual representation for how God’s cleans away our sins so this can be a great opportunity to pray for forgiveness for the things we’ve done wrong, then once we’ve taken the new, clean clothes out, thank God for his forgiveness, and ask for his help to be better in the future.
Taking bins out
Whether you have to do this fortnightly, weekly or more regularly, most of us have to venture into the outside world in order to take our rubbish and recycling out to the wheelie bins. Therefore, this is the perfect housework job for praying for your neighbours and community, especially the homes you can see as you take the bins out. Ask God to look after those people and be with them, ask that they come to know him or that you have opportunities to talk to them about your faith.
I hope these ideas help you to take time to pray whilst doing housework! Let me know in the comments if you have any other great ideas for things we could pray about whilst doing different jobs around the house.