I don’t know about you. But growing up from a Christian girl into Christian womanhood, I dropped the ball on this. I wasn’t taught to pray aside from saying grace and the well know ” Now I lay me down to sleep” before bed.
It took our marriage to nearly being obliterated, that I learned about a prayer life. That was the turning point for me. You can read more about our marriage here. You see, I had no real knowledge of how powerful prayer could be. I was unaware that God wanted to hear from me. And that He wanted to speak to me.
Changing Your Prayer Life
First, you want to evaluate. This is not to bring you guilt or condemnation, but self-reflection. Really ask yourself what your prayer life is like. Is it eh? Could it be better? Is it non-existent? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, that’s okay! Here are other questions to think about:
- How often do you pray? Throughout the day, each day, weekly, when you need something from God? In a crisis? Seeking favor in a particular situation?
- How long do you spend in prayer?
- What are your prayers about?
- Who are they for? Are your prayers just for you and your needs? Do you consider others to pray for?
Change Your Prayer Life Now
Now that you have taken the time to evaluate your current prayer life, change it! It’s that easy. Below, you’ll find tips on how to change your prayer life.
- Set aside time to pray. Personally, I like to start my day just praising and worshipping God. I have an extremely long commute to and from work. So I will find myself praying as I cruise down the interstate. I make time to stop and pray. Decide for yourself when are you alert and awake to pray and hear from the Lord.
- Locate a “war room” or a special place to pray. Matthew 6:6 reads,” But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Seek the Lord on where he wants to meet you in prayer.
- Remove distractions. Now, as a mother of four, I know the struggle. It’s real! The moment I close the door to spend time in prayer, these kids start knocking on the door. Or saying, ” Mom!” Repeatedly until I answer.
- Again, remove all distractions. And by remove I mean putting your phone away and setting it to silent mode. We are tethered in today’s society to our iPhones and android phones. But this time is special, it’s an honor to sit before His feet. I had to repeat this as I find myself distracted right before I go to prayer or even during prayer time. Right before I begin praying, a call or text will alert me. Maybe your distraction is between your ears. The noise in your brain will not allow you to be still long enough to pray. Try to focus on the greatness of God ( that has helped me shift m attention from distractions to Jesus).
- Have your prayer journal handy. I started journaling in 2013. Looking back, I have seen not only answers to my prayers, I have also witnessed my prayers evolving. I have also seen how God has moved in my life when I didn’t know the how but He did. If you don’t have one, get one!
- Bring out the Bible. My prayers have improved over the years because I pray scripture verses. You can read more ways I pray scriptures here or right here . Not only that, but reading how Jesus prayed or how Elijah or Nehemiah prayed also helped me in how I prayed.
- Memorize scripture. This is awesome to have on hand. Sometimes we don’t know what to pray for a specific situation or how to pray specifically. If you start memorizing scripture, you can turn the verse into prayers.
- Be intentional. This time is precision as you are with your Heavenly Father. Through His Son Jesus, we can go boldly before the throne.
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