The power of prayer is undeniable. We see it’s power throughout history and throughout our own lives.
Before we even talk about ways to increase our prayer life, I want to direct you through a 30 second exercise that will easily take you into the presence of God.
Take 30 seconds to remember a time God has answered a prayer and thank Him for it.
Psalms 100:4 “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”
We enter His gates with thankfulness. It doesn’t have to be an hour long, but, as you just did, a 30 second “Thank You”.
Now that we’re stirred up and ready, here are some ways we can increase our prayer lives.
Have you been feeling a lack in your prayer life? That means it’s time to get consistent.
If you’re anything like me, if it’s not your calendar it probably won’t happen. We can budget our time like we budget our finances. This way we can be good stewards of what we’ve been given.
There are times when I haven’t gotten intentional with my prayer time and I find myself craving time with Jesus. I’ve learned how to avoid this…. Put it on your calendar.
No, it is not wrong to put a time with Jesus or prayer time on your calendar. Actually, it’s really helpful!
Have you ever intentionally sat down to pray only to find you weren’t sure what to pray for or ran out things to say or prayer for?
Make a list of things you would like to pray for and if you find yourself at a loss for words, pray over your list.
You can also make a list of prayers and declarations you would also like to pray for yourself. Have a vision for your prayer life and like Habakkuk 2:2 says, write it down and run with it!
We can also get intentional with listening in prayer. We don’t always have to say something but can just sit and listen as well.
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing.
This is one of my favorite times of prayer. It’s not that we have to always be praying out loud to where we can’t have a conversation with anyone or think a different thought other than prayer.
It’s more of an awareness that the Lord is with us and we can talk to Him throughout our day!
I hope this encourages you to get consistent and intentional in your prayer life and remember that the Lord is all around you throughout your day!