It is easy to go days without prayer or get in such a religious habit that our prayers are empty. Yet there is nothing more important we can do to grow in Jesus than prayer. To be clear prayer is not one directional, it is more than us giving our requests to God. Prayer is intended to be conversational.
John 10:17 My own sheep will hear my voice and I know each one, and they will follow me.
- Get a Rhythm
One of the keys to being strong in any area of their life is consistency. The key to consistency is doing it at the same time. I have learned to just start somewhere. Start on the way to work or take 5 minutes before you go to work.
- Start With Praise
My two year old gets this better than me. She loves to pray. She has one prayer language. Thank you for… She never asks for anything just lives in gratitude. Start your prayers with listing what you are thankful for. You have something. It might seem small but let your heart grow in gratefulness.
- Pray Scripture
Sometimes I do not know how to pray. The book of Psalms is a book of prayers. Go pray Psalm 1, 23, 126, or 51. Go read the words in red and ask God to make it live in you. We know God’s will is in His Word. When we turn it into prayer we are praying according to His will. There are promises and blessings found in praying His Word.
- Get a Prayer Script
I have a list of things I pray everyday. I pray for my family, the prayer of Jabez, the freedom found in the crucifiction, our government, and Vibrant Church to name a few everyday. I will sit a little longer in certain places on different days and certainly go outside the list. This is not religion for me but places where I have conviction to be consistent in prayer.
- Keep a Journal
There is something special about writing our prayers down and looking back at them a year later. You have record of God moving in your life. If you want to see how God moves in your life, keep a prayer journal.
Know God wants to talk to you more than you want to hear Him. He is for you and not against you. He has a plan for you and it is found in prayer. So today take one step. Talk to the God who loves you.
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