Monday’s Musings #175 & Praying Consistently

 Praying Consistently | What Joy Is Mine

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.

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Comments

  1. says

    Great tips, Naomi. So grateful for a God who invites us to boldly come. Where would we be without that communication with Him? So thankful for Him. Thanks for sharing. Glad your “Pop” is on the mend. :)

    • says

      Brenda…I, like you, am grateful for a God who invites us to come to him through prayer. And yes, Pop can hardly wait to be home, sitting in his chair and enjoying the view of the mountains. Have a fabulous week. :-)

  2. says

    I read just today that 35 books in the Bible do not mention prayer. I’m going to do more of a study on it. These are such good ideas to make prayer time more meaningful…and consistent. I’m so thankful we can pray anytime and anywhere.
    Pamela recently posted…Good Girls Bully Too

    • says

      Pamela…I had never heard that about prayer in the Bible. Something to look into. I, too, am grateful we can pray anywhere at anytime. Thank you for sharing friend. Have a fabulous week. :-)

    • says

      Anastasia…I am so excited to hear your have a prayer journal and love it. Keep it up! It is a wonderful way to see God working our life. Blessings. :-)

  3. says

    Hello Naomi,
    this is my first time linking up and i love the amazing posts i see here. Even though i know the necessity of prayer, there are times when i struggle to pray. One strategy i use when i become lazy is to join a prayer group until my fire is once again ignited. Another is to just go to your prayer spot even when you don’t feel like saying anything in the presence of the Lord. Lastly, i pray to God to help me pray. Thanks for sharing.
    Matilda recently posted…COUNSELLING MARRIED WOMEN GONE WRONG

    • says

      Matilda…I like the idea of a prayer group. I used to meet with a few ladies once a month for prayer time. It was an awesome time as we prayed over many things. I think its was a great way to gain confidence in praying. I like asking God to help you pray. That’s a good prayer. Thank you for sharing and for being here. :-)

  4. says

    Hi, Naomi!

    I am new to the link-up and am excited to be here. Thank you for this creative, encouraging space. I am glad to see like-minded sisters in Christ sharing so openly.

    Glad your dad has good updates for sharing. I will keep him in my prayers this week! <3

  5. says

    Thanks for such a thoughtful post on prayer. It was very timely and helpful. I desire to pray for effectively and not so much ‘on the go’ (although that is good too). This morning I woke up very very early and was reading a book of Stormie Omartian on praying for your adult children (and praying for them).

    Thanks for the linkup. Hey! For once I am getting my week started off right by stopping over to visit you!! Have a blessed week, my sweet friend.
    Judith recently posted…Covering Sin. Confessing. Forsaking & Mercy.

    • says

      Judith dear friend….I am always tickled pink when you visit. I believe effective praying comes as we are more intentional in praying. Wouldn’t you say? I do hope you have a fabulous week. I’ll be by your place soon. Blessings. :-)

  6. says

    What wonderful news about Pop, so pleased to hear he is coming home. Thank you for your points on prayer, they are great and I especially like the prayer journal for recording prayers and also answers. Thanks for hosting, have a great week. Blessings

    • says

      Terri…Yes, Pop is counting down the minutes until he comes home. I hope you start a prayer journal of your own. It will bless you. Thank you for visiting. :-)

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