We all know how important prayer is to our faith walk. We are to “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2) Prayer is a wonderful gift from God. It is the door in which we can directly communicate with Him at any given moment. Billy Graham once said, “Avail yourself of the greatest privilege this side of heaven. Jesus Christ died to make this communion and communication with the Father possible.”
However, our lives can be so busy and agenda-filled that we forget or don’t make time to pray or only pray when we’re in the midst of a trial. One of the most powerful components of being a believer is making time to pray and converse with our Father daily. He is always available and wants us to come to Him with our praises, thankfulness, concerns and requests. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
I want to share some ways to maintain a prayer life that stays consistent.
- Start a prayer journal. This has been instrumental in keeping me consistently before the Lord. Writing my prayers down on paper makes my prayer time intentional. I bought a plain notebook and put it where I can see it so I don’t forget. It’s also a great place to make note of how God answers those prayers.
- Make a prayer basket. In this basket, there would be your prayer journal, some pens or pencils, and a bible. Set this basket where you can see it or leave it in the place where you plan to pray for the day. Use the bible to motivate your prayer time by using Scripture in your prayer. “Praying the Word means reading (or reciting) Scripture in a spirit of prayer and letting the meaning of the verses become our prayer and inspire our thoughts.” (Quote from Desiring God.)
- Have a prayer spot. This could be a specific chair, area, room, etc. I have a chaise chair in my room I have used for my prayer time. I like having a specific place to go to when I’m praying. I know the Lord can meet me anywhere but having a designated place in my home to meet with Him alone helps me remember to pray. Have you ever noticed how some churches have prayer rooms? Kind of think of it like that. “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)
- Have a prayer time. Scheduling a specific prayer time in your day will encourage regular prayer. Now your prayer time is set in stone so you won’t forget. As you schedule out your day, write in your prayer time. Remember how Jesus would go early in the morning? “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35) Oh, did you see how he went to specific place? Just something to ponder.
- Pray anywhere, anytime. Although I suggest a specific prayer time above, I also believe we should be in prayer often throughout our day. These prayers usually happen in the moment we’re in or maybe a request has come our way that needs covering. It’s important to understand that the door to converse with God is always open. Stop and seize the moment to talk with God anytime, anywhere. We’re instructed to “pray without ceasing” so let’s do just that. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Do a word study on prayer. Read the Word and see what God has to say about prayer. I believe as you learn how important prayer is, your prayer life will be approached differently for the better.
I encourage you to start today. Make those changes needed to strengthen your prayer life. Corrie Ten Boom nailed it when she said, “A man is powerful on his knees.” “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
Update on Pop: He is scheduled to come home this week. Praise God for answered prayers concerning him. Now its time again to share some awesome posts. I am so glad you are here. Have a great week.
Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.