Ways to Develop a Consistent Prayer Life

Have you been looking for ways to develop a consistent prayer life? Prayer is something that we all need and should have regular participation in as a Christian. It is necessary for our daily walk.

In Ephesians 6:18 Paul outlines that prayer is the means by which believers put on their spiritual armor . In essence, prayer is how we obtain what we divinely need from day to day.

Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.

Ephesians 6:18, Christian Standard Bible
Ways to develop a consistent prayer life

Consistent Prayer Begins with Understanding Prayer’s Purpose

Prayer is defined as “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God.”  I’ve learned that it is communion with Him.  Dr. Tony Evans always speaks about prayer being the means where “we invite Heaven into our earthly situations.”

Can you think of one situation where you don’t need God’s protection or direction? If no, then you understand why consistent prayer is a must.

Don’t Let Intimidation Keep You From Developing a Consistent Prayer Life

When I first began a prayer life, I had no clue where to start and little direction.  The majority of the prayers I’d heard had been within the church walls, and it always seemed like those people knew just what to say and how to say it.  It was pretty intimidating at times.

My freedom came when someone explained that prayer was just a conversation with God.  They said “just talk to Him like you would a friend.”  I thought it couldn’t be that simple, but it really is.  God is not looking for who has the best vocabulary.

He’s searching for the heart that comes to him in reverence and with dependency. This is why when you recognize you need Him in every moment, you get past the question of whether you’re doing it right and simply start talking.

Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16, Christian Standard Bible

Ways to Develop a Consistent Prayer Life

1. Start Your Day with Prayer. 
It starts with a thankfulness for arising.  I find that it brings peace and allows for direction in your day.

2. Begin Prayer with Adoration. 
Love on God.  Let Him know how much He means to you and who you see Him as in your life and this world.  For me He is everything.

3. Petition for Others.
I try to recall those that have requested prayer, situations I am aware of, and wherever the Holy Spirit leads me.  Sometimes people and situations just come to mind.

4. Pray for the Nation. 
Do you believe that God is sovereign and in control?  I do.  It would be amazing to see just what would happen if more people kept the nation in prayer.

5. Make Your Petitions. 
This is your space to lift up what you need to God. Since the focus has been on other, my faith usually says “God’s got it”  at this point.

6. Pray using God’s Word. 
Don’t know what to say?  Just open the Bible and read His Word back to Him.

7. Pray with Others.
This allows for accountability. It also aids you in learning to intercede for others and being encouraged during difficult seasons.

These steps have helped me to start and maintain a prayer life.  Don’t forget to seek forgiveness.  We all sin and fall short daily, often without knowing.

The Length of Your Prayers will Increase Over Time

The benefits of prayer outweigh the time.  Don’t set limits.  Over time you’ll become more spiritually sensitive and know when you both are done.  I said ‘both’ because one of the greatest lessons I learned is the importance of leaving time for His response.  

My routine used to be rambling off all I had to say and never waiting.  I didn’t know I needed to pause but when you stop to consider, it makes absolute sense. If you’re petitioning and asking questions, you should be expectant of an answer.

Prayer gives us strength, assures us, and shows our reliance on God.  Our consistent communication with God builds the type of relationship where we can trust Him in difficult seasons.

Prayer really does change things for us and others. This is why we want to be consistent in our prayers.

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