If we really, truly believe in the power of prayer, then why do we find it so hard to pray? Why don’t we fall to our knees every chance that we get?
Seriously, does this bother anyone else or is it just me? I mean, I know that prayer works. I know God is listening. I know how important my relationship with Him is. And yet I fail in this area again and again. I struggle with having a consistent prayer life.
So, today let’s talk about prayer. Through prayer we trade our worries for peace and His wisdom for our misunderstandings. Here are a few things that I do to keep my prayer life intact:
- Create a Prayer Closet. It doesn’t have to be a closet. It can be your bedroom, office, porch, or a chair by the window. Just find a place that you will be comfortable and designate it as your Prayer Closet. Decide that you will use this place when you pray.
- Read your Bible. When you don’t know what to pray or how to pray just open your Bible and begin reading. (And you should be reading God’s word each day already) Ask God to speak to you as you read the scriptures. Let His words guide you and keep your mind on track. One of my favorite ways to pray is through Psalms. Basically, I pray the words of the Psalm and as I do, I find the words that I need to say to God. I’m going to share more about this technique with you next week.
- Listen. While you’re praying make time to stop and listen to God. Remember that Prayer is a two-way conversation. You speak to God. He listens. He answers you. How does He answer, you ask? He answers in many ways. Sometimes a prayer for a physical need is answered immediately, sometimes it takes time. Sometimes His voices comes through a verse that you suddenly remember or a few days later through a song on the radio. Sometimes it takes years to find your answer. Just take a few minutes to “Be Still and Know” that God is God and let him speak to you.
- Make it a Priority. It is so hard to have a consistent prayer life when life is busy all the time. Trust me I get it! Make prayer your number one priority for the day. This is a lot easier to do if you plan ahead. Find a time that works for you and stick with it. It might mean a little bit of time away from your family but you should do it anyway because God is the center of your universe. When you’ve given your heart to God first you will find that the rest of life is much easier to handle.
- Write it down. This can be in the form of a journal, note cards, letters to God, etc. Just write it down. If you are someone who often finds your thoughts drifting while praying then this is definitely for you. Using a journal, whether it be long lengthy entries or a list of need and praises, gives you something to look back. You can look back and see how God has been faithful to you and praise Him for His faithfulness. You can also look back and be reminded of what you need to continue praying about. Note cards give you just enough space to jot down a few things that you want to remember. They can then be posted somewhere that you are sure to see them, or carried in your purse so that you can look at them whenever you have a free minute.
- Be Accountable. Find someone who can be your prayer partner. You’ll call and ask them how their week is going and they’ll text you to make sure you had your prayer time each morning. Meet up for coffee each week and talk about your prayer life or just text back and forth all week. Do whatever works for you. Just find someone that you can trust that can help you stay on track.
Dear Lord, Please help us cling tight to you. Please help us where we fail You. We love you Lord. Amen.
What do you do to keep a consistent prayer life? Let me know in the comments.