Improving your Prayer Life
Prayer is like a muscle! It can take some time before you get in shape, per say. The more you pray and the more you work on sending thoughtful messages to God, the easier it becomes to talk to Him and grow in your faith. I hope these five simple tips can help you in improving your prayer life.
1. Reflect and listen to your own prayers
Are you being respectful to God when you pray? Are your prayers in tune with God’s word and law? Are you whiny or unappreciative? Do you only pray for yourself or do you think of others? Remember that God’s word commands us to pray for all people. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.” – 1 Timothy 2:1. It can be difficult to magnify ourselves under a critical lens but sometimes it is necessary in order for us to grow spiritually. Beyond wants and needs is there a way to incorporate thanksgiving and praise into your prayer time?
2. Pray before you pray
Ask God to help you make the most of your prayers. Before you pray, try asking God something like, “Lord, please help my thoughts and prayers be pleasing to you as I come to meet with you. Please help me grow as a prayer warrior so that I may deepen my walk with you.” Remember that 1 Corinthians 16:14 commands us to do everything in love and this includes prayer. Ask God to search your heart if you’re having trouble coming up with the words.
3. Make time for prayer
Your prayers don’t always have to be long or ornate. If someone asks you to pray for them it’s OK to say a simple prayer in your head for them. God appreciates both taking long periods of time out to talk to him as well as short bursts of prayers. Perhaps you can make time in the morning when you have coffee or breakfast to talk to God, or instead of listening to the radio during your commute to work or school you could instead pray. A lot of people have success by establishing a nightly routine of spending time in the word and praying. Figure out what works for you whether it is a certain time of day or a certain place where you go to pray.
4. Get a prayer journal
There are so many types of prayer journals out there right now some for women, for men, for students, prayer journals that have adult coloring books inside of them! There are also a ton of free prayer journals on Pinterest if you do some searching.
5. Reflect on these verses
“He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.” – Luke 11:2
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” – 2 Peter 1:3
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24
Dream big and pray bigger! My other devotionals can be found here.